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Breaking down opening lines for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona

We go over the opening odds for this Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway’s road course.

 NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott waves the checkered flag to the fans after winning the Go Bowling 235 Road Course at Daytona International Speedway. Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The second NASCAR Cup Series race weekend of the year is approaching, and the second-ever O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 is set to take place on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The road race will follow this past Sunday’s Daytona 500. One driver already stands out as an overwhelming favorite. Let’s take a look at the opening odds on DraftKings Sportsbook.

Chase Elliott (+225) has the best odds to win and took the checkered flag at last year’s race. Elliott is a world-class road racer, and his excellence away from the oval tracks helped him clinch his first Cup Series title. He won four straight road races last season and has won 36.36% of his races on road courses. Some other drivers with road-course experience could give Elliott a run for his money, though.

Martin Truex Jr. (+550) has the second-best odds. He has four career road-course wins and finished in third at Daytona just last year, behind Elliott and Denny Hamlin (+1000). His recent success at the venue could give him a shot at securing a win, but plenty of other drivers will be in the mix as well.

A.J. Allmendinger and Kyle Busch are both +900 and can be competitive. Most of Allmendinger’s road-course success has come in the Xfinity Series, but that could translate to the Cup Series this weekend. Busch is off to a strong start this season after winning just one race last year. He won the first race of the year on Daytona’s road course and could improve to 2-0 there this weekend.

Here are the odds for all the drivers competing.

2021 O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 opening odds

Driver To win
Driver To win
Chase Elliott +250
Martin Truex Jr +550
AJ Allmendinger +900
Kyle Busch +900
Ryan Blaney +1000
Denny Hamlin +1000
Kevin Harvick +1000
Joey Logano +1600
Brad Keselowski +1800
William Byron +2000
Kurt Busch +2500
Alex Bowman +2800
Chase Briscoe +3000
Kyle Larson +3000
Matt DiBenedetto +4000
Christopher Bell +5000
Erik Jones +5000
Aric Almirola +6000
Cole Custer +6000
Tyler Reddick +6600
Michael McDowell +8000
Ross Chastain +10000
Ryan Newman +10000
Bubba Wallace +10000
Anthony Alfredo +12500
Austin Dillon +12500
Chris Buescher +15000
Justin Haley +25000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr +25000
Ty Dillon +50000
Ryan Preece +50000
Josh Bilicki +75000
James Davison +75000
Daniel Suarez +75000
Corey LaJoie +100000
Cody Ware +100000
Joey Gase +150000
Timmy Hill +150000
Quin Houff +150000
BJ McLeod +150000