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2014 Sprint Cup: Odds to win the Daytona 500

by Blake Stevens on Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Danica Patrick furious

Danica Patrick furious

We are less than a week away from one of the biggest sporting events of the New Year, as it’s time for the 2014 Sprint Cup season to get started and we’ve got the odds to win the Daytona 500.

A Feb. 15 SBNation report states that three Hendrick Motorsports engines were blown during this week’s practice, including those belonging to Danica Patrick and Tony Stewart.

How will this affect the NASCAR odds being less than 7 days away from the big race? The report points out that Patrick, Stewart and Bobby Labonte all experienced engine failures during Saturday’s second round of practice at Daytona International Speedway.

For the record, Danica Patrick’s current odds to win the 2014 Daytona 500 stand at +4000, Tony Stewart is listed as +1500 and Bobby Labonte is included in the “field” at +2000. It’s going to be interesting to see how this affects Sunday’s qualifying race and whether or not oddsmakers will tweak their odds with the recent developments.

“It was a concern when Tony blew up, and then I did,” Patrick said. “It’s something we’re doing in our family, and we need to figure it out. I was saying I bet other Hendrick cars are thinking, ‘What’s going on?’ so we have got time to hopefully figure it out. Definitely figure it out before the race.”

As reported earlier this week, there are 12 drivers who will have targets painted on their backs on race day. Some of the names topping this list include defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who’s in a three-way with two very capable guys.

Last time we previewed Bovada Sportsbook’s odds to win the 2014 Daytona 500, so now let’s take a look at Sportsbook.com’s NASCAR free picks figures for the first big race of the 2014 Sprint Cup Championship:

  • Jimmie Johnson +1000
  • Matt Kenseth +1000
  • Kyle Busch +1000
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr +1200
  • Brad Keselowski +1200
  • Kevin Harvick +1200
  • Kasey Kahne +1500
  • Carl Edwards +1500
  • Kurt Busch +1500
  • Tony Stewart +1500
  • Jeff Gordon +1500
  • Denny Hamlin +1500
  • Clint Bowyer +1800
  • Jamie McMurray +2000
  • Joey Logano +2000
  • xz Field (Any Other Driver) +2000
  • Greg Biffle +2500
  • Brian Vickers +3000
  • Austin Dillon +3000
  • Martin Truex Jr +3000
  • Ryan Newman +3000
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr +4000
  • Danica Patrick +4000
  • Kyle Larson +4000
  • Paul Menard +4000
  • Michael Waltrip +5000
  • David Ragan +7500
  • AJ Allmendinger +7500
  • Trevor Bayne +7500
  • Marcos Ambrose +7500
  • Justin Allgaier +10000
  • David Gilliland +10000
  • Casey Mears +10000
  • Michael Annett +20000
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