Daytona 500: Reigning champ Denny Hamlin among 5 favorites

Reigning champion Denny Hamlin is among 5 betting favorites to win NASCAR’s 2020 Daytona 500 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Hamlin, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and 2019 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch each have +1,000 odds to take the checkered flag within the main race this weekend, according to Caesars.

Chase Elliott and Martin Treux Jr. are tied with the sixth-best odds of profitable the race. John Hunter Nemechek has the longest odds of success at +8,000.

“We’ve been very fortunate in the last eight to 10 years to be in contention for a lot of these Daytona 500s,” Hamlin said of his workers Wednesday at Daytona 500 media day. “Hopefully, we are able to miss [wrecks] again this year.”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. gained the pole for Sunday’s season-opening race, delivering a 194.582-mph lap on Sunday all through qualifying. Alex Bowman will start second.

The order for the rest of the 40-car self-discipline could be determined all through two additional qualifying races Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. Elliott and Jimmie Johnson will start throughout the entrance row for each of the dual races. Hamlin accomplished fifth in qualifying, whereas Busch had the sixth-fastest automotive.

Hamlin and Johnson each have two career wins at “The Great American Race,” with Johnson’s ultimate profitable in 2014.

The 2020 Daytona race slate begins with Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1 at 7 p.m. EST Thursday. The Bluegrass Vacations Duel No. 2 follows that race and is about to start at 8:45 p.m. Each race is 60 laps and 150 miles.

Logano is the betting favorite to win the first Duel race, adopted by Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Hamlin, Elliott and Truex Jr. Busch is the favorite to win the second twin race, adopted by Harvick, Kurt Busch, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, and Johnson.

“Honestly, the goal is to win,” Logano said. “There is really no other goal outside of that. … This is the biggest race of the year. It means so much to win it. There are so many crazy things that can happen.”

The NextEra Energy 250 headlines Friday’s event schedule. The 100-lap, 250-mile NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race begins at 7:30 p.m. The NASCAR Racing Experience 300 kicks off the NASCAR Xfinity Series season at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. That race is 120 laps and 300 miles.

Kyle Busch had 5 wins and 17 top-five finishes in 2019. He accomplished second behind Hamlin throughout the 2019 Daytona 500. Truex Jr. had a Cup Series essential seven wins an ultimate season. Hamlin had six wins and a Cup Series essential 19 top-five finishes in 2019.

NASCAR stopped disclosing the prize money teams earn in races in 2016, nonetheless, Logano earned $1.58 million for profitable the 2015 Daytona 500.

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