NASCAR: 2023 Daytona 500 odds paint a murky picture

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There is no clear favorite to win the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.

After more than three months, the offseason between the 2022 and 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season is finally set to reach its conclusion this weekend.

The 65th annual Daytona 500 is scheduled to kick off the 36-race 2023 campaign this Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.

There is no clear favorite to win this 200-lap race around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) high-banked Daytona Beach, Florida oval. The odds at FanDuel Sportsbook paint one clear picture: this year’s running of the Great American Race is wide open.

Typical favorites for Cup Series races tend to be in the +400 to +600 (bet $100 to win $400/$600) range. The Daytona 500 favorite, ahead of qualifying, is Team Penske’s Ryan Blaney, and he is listed at +1200. He is one of nine drivers listed between +1200 and +2000.

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Superspeedway races are typically seen as “wild card” races, so the lack of a clear favorite isn’t surprising. The superspeedway racing we saw last year in the first year of the Next Gen car backs that up.

The 36 drivers of chartered entries are all locked into the 40-car field, while the six drivers of the non-chartered entries must battle for the final four spots. Two will lock in via the single-car qualifying session and another two will lock in via the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.

Here are the full odds for the NASCAR Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook.

NOTE: (R) denotes that the driver is a Daytona 500 rookie. * denotes that the driver is driving a non-chartered car and isn’t locked into the race. (W) denotes that the driver is a former Daytona 500 winner.

  • Ryan Blaney, Team Penske: +1200
  • Denny Hamlin (W), Joe Gibbs Racing: +1300
  • Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports: +1300
  • Kyle Larson, Hendrick Motorsports: +1300
  • Kyle Busch, Richard Childress Racing: +1400
  • Joey Logano (W), Team Penske: +1600
  • Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing: +1600
  • William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports: +1900
  • Brad Keselowski, RFK Racing: +2000
  • Ross Chastain, Trackhouse Racing Team: +2200
  • Martin Truex Jr., Joe Gibbs Racing: +2500
  • Kevin Harvick (W), Stewart-Haas Racing: +2500
  • Tyler Reddick, 23XI Racing: +2600
  • Austin Cindric (W), Team Penske: +2700
  • Christopher Bell, Joe Gibbs Racing: +3000
  • Erik Jones, Legacy Motor Club: +3000
  • Austin Dillon (W), Richard Childress Racing: +3000
  • Ryan Preece, Stewart-Haas Racing: +3000
  • Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports: +3000
  • Chris Buescher, RFK Racing: +3500
  • Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing: +3500
  • Michael McDowell (W), Front Row Motorsports: +4000
  • Noah Gragson, Legacy Motor Club: +4000
  • Chase Briscoe, Stewart-Haas Racing: +4000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr., JTG Daugherty Racing: +4000
  • Jimmie Johnson* (W), Legacy Motor Club: +4000
  • Daniel Suarez, Trackhouse Racing Team: +4000
  • Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing: +5000
  • A.J. Allmendinger, Kaulig Racing: +5000
  • Ty Gibbs (R), Joe Gibbs Racing: +5000
  • Austin Hill* (R), Beard Motorsports: +6500
  • Harrison Burton, Wood Brothers Racing: +7500
  • Todd Gilliland, Front Row Motorsports: +10000
  • Corey LaJoie, Spire Motorsports: +10000
  • Travis Pastrana* (R), 23XI Racing: +10000
  • Chandler Smith* (R), Kaulig Racing: +10000
  • Zane Smith* (R), Front Row Motorsports: +10000
  • Ty Dillon, Spire Motorsports: +15000
  • Riley Herbst (R), Rick Ware Racing: +15000
  • Cody Ware, Rick Ware Racing: +20000
  • B.J. McLeod, Rick Ware Racing: +20000
  • Conor Daly* (R), The Money Team Racing: +20000

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Fox Sports 1 is set to broadcast the single-car qualifying session and the Bluegreen Vacations Duels live beginning at 8:15 p.m. ET this evening and 7:00 p.m. ET tomorrow evening, respectively. Fox is set to broadcast the Daytona 500 live beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon. Start a free trial of FuboTV today and don’t miss any of the action from Daytona International Speedway!