2017 Daytona 500 Picks

NASCAR Sprint Unlimited Picks

NASCAR heads to Daytona International Speedway this Saturday, February 13th, for the Sprint Unlimited. Race time is scheduled for 8:30 pm EST with coverage on FOX beginning at 8:00 PM ET./p>

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET 
Where: Daytona Beach, FL
Stadium: Daytona International Speedway
Watch: FOX
Stream: Fox Sports Go

My Pick to Win the Sprint Unlimited Is Dale Earnhardt Jr. Because…

Dale Jr. has always driven well at Daytona. Since February 14, 2014, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has raced 4 times at Daytona. His average finish is 4.75. He has 2 wins at Daytona in the 4 races. He has 3 Top 5 finishes. He has 3 Top 10 finishes. He’s even won a pole in one of the 4 races since 2014. What’s really impressive is that he’s led 182 laps in the 4 races at Daytona. Although not a lock at what will be low odds, Ernhardt Jr. deserves top billing. Daytona is as close as his track as any track for any driver in the Sprint Cup Series. Even at Dale’s current low odds of 5.5 to 1, he’s the pick.

My Other Pick to Win the Sprint Unlimited is Kevin Harvick Because…

Kevin Harvick’s off odds on Sprint Unlimited Race Day should be anywhere from 9 to 1 to 11 to 1. Right now, his odds are at 9.5 to 1. Harvick didn’t win any of the last 4 races at Daytona. He did place in the Top 10 twice in those 4 races. Harvick won 3 races in 2015. He finished second in the Sprint Cup Standings. The Sprint Cup ended last November.  That wasn’t that long ago. So, if Harvick can continue to be hot, he might pick up a win at Daytona this Sunday.

My Underdog Pick to Win the Sprint Unlimited is Austin Dillon Because…

The young Dillon has been exceptional at Daytona in the last 4 races since 2014. He’s ranked 4th in average finish at 8.75 in the 4 races. That’s Dillon’s best average finish at any track in the Sprint Cup Series. He has 1 Top 5 finish. He has 3 Top 10 finishes. He won a pole. He led 9 laps in the 4 races. Dillon should do very well on Sunday. The best part about siding with Dillon is that his current odds are 20 to 1. Those odds might even drift higher since Dillon’s average start is 14th in the last 4 at Daytona.