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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