|Written by Matt Franklin|
|Monday, 27 February 2012 13:34|
Race officials at the Daytona International Speedway waited more than four hours before postponing yesterday's start of the 54th annual Daytona 500 on account of rain for the first time in NASCAR history. So instead, the 2.5-mile tri-oval track will go under the lights once again tonight when the season is scheduled to open on Monday at 7:00pm EST which can be seen live on FOX. Early racing lines had listed Kevin Havick as an 8/1 favorite but just a few hours away from hearing "gentleman and ladies, start your engines," reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has swayed bookmakers in Vegas and offshore as Daytona 500 updated odds now have "smoke" predicted to win the race by the beach. Stewart is the NASCAR betting favorite at 7/1 followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 8/1, Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch at 10/1, Harvick now at 11/1 with Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson at 13/1.
Greg Biffle can be found at a price of 16/1 while Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth are longshots at 18/1 followed by Danica Patrick and Juan Pablo Montoya at 40/1. Stewart had been listed as a 10/1 favorite in early lines at sportsbooks along with Busch, Khane, Edwards, Gordon, Jr and Johnson but with a win at the Gatorade Duel 1 on Thursday; the #14 Office Depot /Mobil 1 has become the handicappers favorite to start the season where the Stewart-Haas Racing team left off - with a win. Stewart has been no slouch either when racing at Daytona having 3-wins finishing twice in the top-5 and twelve times in the top-10 for an average finish of 16.7. "Smoke" will take the track from the No. 3 spot behind Edwards (194.738-mph) and Biffle (194.087-mph) who are listed at 10/1 and 16/1 respectively in Daytona 500 updated odds in Vegas.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was listed as a 10/1 favorite in early lines but had a strong second place finish in the first duel behind Stewart to earn the No. 5 spot on Monday evening at a price of 8/1. Earnhardt Jr. looked good in the #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard Chevrolet last week and could be poised to win for the third time in Central Florida finishing 8-times in the top-5 with 13-top ten appearances for an average of 15.0 at the famed speedway. Carl Edwards allowed Stewart to come from behind and steal the Sprint Championship last season but is still listed at a dangerous price of 10/1 in Daytona 500 updated odds as the third wagering choice despite having never won at the track. Kyle Busch is also a 10/1 favorite having one win at Daytona with 5-top five and 6-top ten placements in his career for an average of 17.6. Be sure to visit Bovada for a $100 free bet and try live wagering on tonight's race on FOX for as little as $1!
Daytona 500 Updated Odds: Tony Stewart 7/1
|Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 13:45|