Daytona 500 2015: Betting Odds For Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick To Win On SundayJosh Bailey
What a weekend for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He is not only NASCAR’s highest-paid and most recognizable driver, he is also the defending Daytona 500 champion and the odds-on favorite at +725 to claim the checkered flag at Daytona Beach.
“We need to do everything right,” Earnhardt Jr. commented. “We need to get that car all the way through the week and on to the starting grid on Sunday. We don’t need to have any problems to where we have to pull any race cars out of the trailer.”
Earnhardt Jr., at 40 years of age, could be the first driver to win back-to-back Daytona titles since Sterling Martin did so 20 years ago in 1995. It would also be a record setting third straight Daytona victory for Hendrick Motorsports with Jimmie Johnson winning it in 2013.
Combine all of that pressure with the race being on the 14 anniversary of his father’s death at Daytona 500 and a lesser driver would crack.
One this day I do not mourn his death. I thank God he lived. #DaleEarnhardt
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 18, 2015
Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. A race won by Michael Waltrip, who was driving for Earnhardt’s team.
"When Dad passed away, that’s kind of the way that I felt about it like you feel kind of selfish mourning that loss because you’re just like what am I doing to do or how am I going to go forward or how does this make me feel?" Earnhardt Jr. said. "That’s real selfish. His loss affected a lot of people, not just myself.
"At the same time, you’re fortunate to have known him and fortunate to have learned and have the experiences that you had with him. So you think about those and be glad that was an opportunity you got to experience."
A Closer Look At Daytona 500 Betting Odds For Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick To Win On Sunday
Daytona 500 Odds To Win
Date: Feb. 22, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Stadium: Daytona International Speedway
TV Info: FOX
Stream: FOX Sports Go
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Odds On Dale Earnhardt Jr. To Win Daytona 500 +725
Sure, Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon is the sentimental choice. Gordon is one of the greatest driver to ever race and this is the last season that he’ll be driving in NASCAR, but let’s be honest, Dale Earnhardt. Jr. should be ready to take Gordon’s place at Hendrick Motorsports.
Jr. took home the Daytona 500 trophy last season and he appears ready to do it this season. Former Crew Chief Steve Letarte is heading to the NBC analyst’s booth meaning that Earnhardt. Jr. will be working with Greg Ives, a former racing engineer for Jimmie Johnson. Ives and Dale Jr. should have no trouble working well together at Daytona, where Dale Jr. thrives.
Odds On Jimmie Johnson To Win Daytona 500 +1200
Jimmie had a tough 2014. It was his worst finish in the Sprint Cup Series standings in his thirteen years on the NASCAR circuit. A motivated Jimmie Johnson could spell trouble for the rest of the drivers and teams since both Jimmie and Crew Chief Chuck Knaus are ready to put Jimmie back at the top.
It all starts at Daytona where Jimmie won in 2013. Hendrick Motorsports didn’t have the best 2014 imaginable, not by their standards. Expect their top two drivers to really get it going on Feb. 22 in the first Sprint Cup Race of the year.
Odds On Kevin Harvick To Win Daytona 500 +1000
Often times when a driver changes teams, the results aren’t that great. That’s definitely not the case with Kevin Harvick who left Richard Childress Racing to run for Stewart-Haas in 2014. All Harvick and his new team did was win Kevin’s first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.
Can the good times keep rolling? It’s apparent that they can since Crew Chief Ronny Childers stays and if anything, Harvick is going to be bolstered by his status as King of the NASCAR Mountain. Harvick took home the Daytona 500 in 2007. He’ll want to get off to a good start this season and should have a great run on Feb. 22.
Updated Odds to win at Daytona 500
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9/1
- Jeff Gordon, 10/1
- Carl Edwards 12/1
- Denny Hamlin 12/1
- Jimmie Johnson, 12/1
- Joey Logano, 12/1
- Kevin Harvick, 12/1
- Kyle Busch, 12/1
- Matt Kenseth, 12/1
- Brad Keselowski, 14/1
- Tony Stewart, 16/1
- Kurt Busch, 20/1
- Kyle Larson, 20/1
- Jame McMurray, 22/1
- Clint Bowyer, 25/1
- Kasey Kahne, 25/1
- Greg Biffle, 33/1
- Ryan Blaney, 33/1
- Ryan Newman, 33/1
- Danica Patrick, 40/1
- Martin Truex Jr., 40/1
- Paul Menard, 40/1
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 40/1
- Trevor Bayne, 40/1
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