NASCAR Betting: The Clash at Daytona Betting Odds and Pick

David Schwab

Friday, February 9, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 2:36 PM UTC

NASCAR’s Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway ahead of the Daytona 500 heats things up Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 with the running of The Clash at Daytona. All of NASCAR’s top drivers will be gunning for a fast start out of the gate.

Free NASCAR Pick: Denny Hamlin +700Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

Another season of NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series racing is set to get underway, and Sunday’s Clash gets things started in the right direction as part of three non-point Speedweeks events at Daytona International Speedway leading up next Sunday's Daytona 500. With help from the oddsmakers at Bookmaker, the following three drivers would be my to plays as a favorite, contender and long shot in this year’s Clash.

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Top Valued Favorite

My top pick to win this year’s Clash would be Denny Hamlin at +700 odds. He is listed as the second-favorite with Kyle Busch behind Brad Keselowski at +500. My main reason for going with Hamlin is the fact that he lives for Speedweeks and events such as the Clash. Last season he won one of the two Cam-An Duels, and in 2016 he won this event leading up to his thrilling victory in the Daytona 500. I also like the fact that Hamlin is coming off a solid season of racing overall. He won a pair of Cup Series races on his way to a sixth-place finish in the 2017 point standings.

Top Valued Contender

I am banking on a white-hot finish leading to a successful start behind Martin Truex Jr.’s favorable +1200 betting odds to win the 2018 Clash. Driving the No. 78 Toyota, he turned in a run for the ages last season that ended with him winning the final race of the season and the 2017 Cup Series title. All told, Truex made his way to Victory Lane in eight point-race events last season, including four victories in the final 10 playoff races. While there is not as nearly as much on the line this Sunday in his first race since taking the checkered flag at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, I like the value in his odds.

Top Valued Long Shot

Cashing in on long shots in Cup Series racing does not happen all that often, but in an exhibition race like this the value tends to be a bit more favorable. Looking at Bookmaker's’ betting odds for the drivers on the list, I am going with Austin Dillon at +2500. He is one of NASCAR’s young guns trying to make a name for himself behind the wheel of the famed No. 3 Chevrolet. This race will mark the start of his fifth full-time season racing at NASCAR’s highest level, and his motivation to get things started with a win Sunday must be running high. Dillon won his first career point race last year on his way to an 11th-place tie in the final standings in the best effort of his short Cup Series career.

Odds for Other Notable Drivers

As mentioned, Keselowski has been opened as a +500 favorite to win this Sunday’s race and Kyle Busch is a +700 second-favorite along with Hamlin. Fourth on the list at +900 odds are Chase Elliott and Joey Logano, followed by Kevin Harvick at +1000. Joining Truex at +1200 are Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jimmie Johnson to round out the Top 10 drivers on the list.

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