2012 Daytona 500 Odds: In spite of winning the pole position for the 2012 Daytona 500 to be run this Sunday (1 pm ET), Carl Edwards is not favored, according to NASCAR Odds to win the race. The favorites tag will be shared by Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr both installed favorites at +800 odds on the TopBet.com NASCAR Sprint Cup betting board.
Tony Stewart , Jeff Gordon, and Jimmie Johnson follow getting +1000 with Edwards and Kevin Harvick backers getting +1,200.
It appears oddsmakers were impressed by Busch’s performance in Sunday’s NASCAR Budweiser Shootout, an exhibition race among pole winners. The Budweiser Shootout serves as the launching of all the major Daytona events culminating with the Daytona 500 this Sunday. In a thrilling finish, Busch shot past Tony Stewart to take the checkered flag. The event could be a preview of what NASCAR fans can expect in Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Neither, Busch, Stewart or Edwards has ever won the Daytona 500. Of the leaders, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson have won once. Often the Daytona winner is not one of the favorites as Trevor Bayne’s 2012 victory shows. The past five winners have never won a NASCAR championship, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray and Bayne.
NASCAR Odds – 2012 Daytona 500
Kevin Harvick +1200, Jimmie Johnson +1000
Carl Edwards +1200, Jeff Gordon +1000
Tony Stewart +1000, Kasey Kahne +1800
D.Earnhardt Jr +800, Kyle Busch +800
Denny Hamlin +2000, Brad Keselowski +2,200
Kurt Busch +2000, Clint Bowyer +300
Jeff Burton +3500, Matt Kenseth +2500
Greg Biffle +2000, Joey Logano +3500
Paul Menard +4000, AJ Allmendinger +3000
Jamie McMurray +1500, David Ragan +6000
Juan P Montoya +4000, Martin Truex Jr +3000
Ryan Newman +3500, Mark Martin +5000
Regan Smith +6500, Bobby Labonte +10,000
Ricky Stanhouse +6000, Marcos Ambrose +3000
Trevor Bayne +5000, Michael Waltrip +10,000
Dave Blaney +12,500, Danica Patrick +3000
David Gilliland +7500, Field +2500