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How the public is betting the 2021 Daytona 500

We go over who the public is backing to win the Daytona 500 at DraftKing Sportsbook.

 NASCAR Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Sports bettors are placing their wagers for the Great American Race, as the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 is set to run on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Wanna know who the public is backing? Let’s go over the betting splits for drivers that bettors are heavy on at DraftKings Sportsbook.

It’s not surprising that Denny Hamlin (+750) is the people’s champ. The favorite has won two straight Daytona 500s and three of the last five. He commands 21% of the handle and 16% of the total bets on Daytona 500 winner wagers. Only one other driver cracks 10% of the handle or total bets.

Chase Elliott (+1000) has the second-best odds to win and is expected to follow up his 2020 Cup Series Championship with a strong start. Wagers on Elliot make up 14% of the handle and total bets. He’s never won the Daytona 500, but that could change this year. He’s trailed by Kyle Busch (+1400). He managed just one win in 2020 despite having won the championship in 2018. He kicked off the 2021 season with win a win at the Busch Clash, and the public believes he has a shot at securing another victory on Sunday. Busch wagers make up 8% of the handle and total bets.

The top five is rounded out by Joey Logano (+1200) and Ryan Blaney (+1200). Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015 and commands 6% of the handle and 7% of the total bets. Blaney hasn’t won the Great American Race yet controls 7% of the handle and total bets.

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