Betting on the Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is a little under a month away and I’m already getting excited about it.  Let’s take a look at who is favored to win the first major race of the season:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5/1
  • Jimmie Johnson 7/1
  • Joey Logano 10/1
  • Kevin Harvick 10/1
  • Brad Keselowski 12/1
  • Matt Kenseth 12/1
  • Carl Edwards 15/1
  • Denny Hamlin 15/1
  • Kasey Kahne 15/1
  • Kurt Busch 15/1
  • Kyle Busch 15/1
  • Martin Truex Jr. 18/1
  • Chase Elliott 25/1
  • Tony Stewart 30/1
  • Austin Dillon 40/1
  • Clint Bowyer 40/1
  • Greg Biffle 40/1
  • Jamie McMurray 40/1
  • Kyle Larson 40/1
  • Ryan Blaney 40/1
  • Ryan Newman 40/1
  • Aric Almirola 50/1
  • Paul Menard 50/1
  • Danica Patrick 60/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 60/1
  • Trevor Bayne 60/1
  • AJ Allmendinger 80/1
  • Casey Mears 100/1
  • Michael Waltrip 100/1
  • Field (Any Other Driver) 40/1

This will be the first Dayton 500 without Jeff Gordon as he retired at the end of last year.  He was a 3-time champion so he will be missed, but he hadn’t won since way back in 2005.

It’s no surprise that Earnhardt is the favorite to win, he typically draws more action from the general public than any other racer.  He has only won the race twice, back in 2004 and in 2014. Here’s some footage of him bringing home the checkered flag in 2014:

Joey Logan0 was last year’s champion and might be showing some decent value at 10/1.

Jimmie Johnson won in both 2006 and 2013, while Matt Kenseth’s two titles came in 2012 and 2009.

Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski have the shortest odds of all the drivers who have never won the race before.

If you like betting on NASCAR then the head-to-head odds are normally posted the morning of the race.  You’ll have a short period of time to take advantage of those.  That is why the driver to win the race odds are typically the more popular wager, though it won’t draw anywhere near the amount bet on the Super Bowl.

International Parking Management at South Sound Speedway

International Parking Management at South Sound Speedway

Rochester, WA – Kelly Mann used patience, strategy, experience and most of all talent on his way to winning the International Parking Management at South Sound Speedway on Saturday night. Mann was relegated to starting in the fifth row after fast qualifier Jay Sauls rolled a six with the invert die, add the six that he rolled to the mandatory 6 car invert and the result would be a 12 car invert for the initial start. In the early laps Mann had to wait out a side by side battle in front of him while up front a 5 car freight train was breaking away from the field. Once free Mann attached himself to the rear bumper of Mike Obrist and the two of them started picking off spots as they charged to catch the train that was being led Bob Presley. As the race settled in and the commitment strategy played out Mann was content to ride in the top 5 and take a spot when the opportunities were presented.

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It wasn’t without it’s close calls though, at one point in the run Fred Hall had spun in the middle of turns 1 and 2 and was sitting drivers side exposed to the field in the middle of the track when the field got to him, cars had missed him by going high but Mann was stuck in the middle of the track and heading right at Hall, Mann got on the binders and spun the car narrowly avoiding disaster for both himself and Fred Hall.

On the restart Mann was given his spot back as he was not involved in the cause of the caution but was acting only in avoidance. As the laps began to wind down Mann had worked himself up to third while Bob Presley continued to lead and Sauls was second. On lap 92 Sauls who had set fast time and had been running a solid second for most of this race had clearly developed a problem on his car and Mann worked his way around Sauls and into second the next challenge would be Presley who up to this point had held off all challengers but was clearly getting tight in the corners and was leaving the door open on the bottom. Mann took advantage of that opening on lap 97 and Jay Sauls and Dan Rhodes would follow him by Presley who had led the most laps.

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As they broke into triple digits in the lap count and only 25 were left Dan Rhodes got along side Sauls to challenge for second, Mann would use that to his advantage and begin to stretch out his lead, up to this point in the race the leader had not broken away from the field but that was exactly what Mann was doing now. John Zaretzke who had led the early laps was back in the mix as he joined in the battle with Rhodes and Sauls. Sauls good night would take a turn for the worst when brake problems would send him spinning as he entered turn 3 and bring out a late caution setting up a 5 lap shoot out for the win. With only 5 to go the lapped cars were moved to the back and only the leaders would be using the cone. Rhodes would go to the outside at the cone to pull up alongside Mann while the second row would have Zaretzke on the ASA Northwest Late Model Tour IPM

bottom and Dirk Stephens outside of him. As the green flew and Mann led them into turn one Rhodes would have to settle in behind him with Zaretzke in third. At this point it looked to be a comfortable ride to the checkers for Mann but as he crossed the line and received the white flag Mark Sundberg and Mike Obrist would get together off of turn 2 and both would go spinning leaving Sundberg sitting in the middle of the track. Mann came off of two and shot to the outside of Sundberg narrowly missing catastrophe for the second time this night as he would beat Rhodes to the line for the win and Dirk Stephens would come across third as Zaretzke who had a tire going down in the closing laps would have to settle for fourth.

The International Parking Management was a good time had by all and it would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of Mark and Tracy Sundberg and the whole International Parking Management group.