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2015 NASCAR Daytona 500 Preview and Sprint Cup Prediction

NASCAR 2015 Sprint Cup Futures

Get ready to start your engines for another season of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing with the running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 22.

Bovada has already released its futures odds to win this season’s Sprint Cup title and along with a few notable favorites, there is a solid field of contenders as well as some legitimate longshots that are all gearing up for a run at the Cup.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Daytona 500 Preview and Prediction

Race: Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Time: 1:30 p.m. (ET)
Distance: 200 laps, 500 mi (804.6 km)
Broadcast: FOX
Race 1 of 36 in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season


The following is a look at my top favorite, top contender and to longshot to survive the grueling 36-race test and bring home this season’s Sprint Cup title based on NASCAR futures betting odds from Bovada.

The Favorite (odds of less than 10/1)

It is no big surprise that six-time Sprint Cup Champion Jimmie Johnson is a 5/1 favorite to win this year’s title, but after long-time veteran Jeff Gordon announced that this would be his final season of fulltime racing, the attention is sure to be shifted heavily to the weekly exploits of the No. 24 racing team.

I for one feel that Gordon is more that up for the challenge of riding off into the sunset with a fifth career racing title as a 6/1 second favorite. He finished sixth in the standings last season after posting four victories and 10 additional top-five finishes.

The No. 24 car remained in the thick of last season’s Chase right up to the final race of the year at Miami-Homestead Speedway and this year it will be poised to take the next step to try and win it all.

The Contender (odds from 10/1 to 19/1)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has always been one of NASCAR’s most popular drivers, but in 2014 he proved that he is also one of the series top drivers with four checkered flags to go along with a total of 20 top-10 finishes on the year.


His luck ran dry in the 10-race Chase with a couple of poor finishes in the first six races, but a win at Martinsville in race No. 7 helped close things out on a strong note.

Dale Jr.’s odds to win his first ever racing title have been set at 10/1, which are the sixth-best odds on the list. 

The Longshot (odds 20/1 or greater)

There was some tremendous value last year’s Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick’s 16/1 odds to win last year’s title prior to the start of the season, but I am digging even deeper this time around with a play on Kasey Kahne’s 25/1 odds to pull off an upset this time around.

Kahne has been a solid figure in the Sprint Cup Series ever since he won the “rookie of the year” award in 2005.

The No. 5 car was only able to post one victory last season in an early September run at Atlanta, but that was good enough to earn a spot in the 16-driver field for the Chase.

Since all it takes is a strategic win here and there to advance to the four-man field for the final Sprint Cup race of the season, the value in longer odds this time of the year gets ramped-up a notch or two as is the case with Kahne.

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