Denny Hamlin Makes Sportbooks’ Hearts Race This Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 10, 2021 - Last Updated on March 20, 2024

It’s race week with the Daytona 500 looming on Sunday.

NASCAR fans are ready for a Valentine’s Day edition of the sport’s biggest race.

The action will get underway on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m.

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Hamlin three-peat Daytona 500

Sports fans are used to seeing the same players win year in and year out. It’s no surprise when LeBron James or Tom Brady makes it to the championship every season.

That level of success can be a lot harder to replicate outside of team sports, and especially in racing. That holds true at Daytona in particular, where all sorts of variables can affect the outcome.

Big crashes are commonplace at the track, and they can suddenly ruin a driver’s day through no fault of their own.

With so many capable drivers in the mix, the Daytona 500 isn’t usually a predictable race.

However, that might not be the case this year. Denny Hamlin is going for his third Daytona win in as many years.

A win on Sunday would make Hamlin the only driver in history to ever three-peat at Daytona. It would also tie him with Cale Yarborough for the second-most Daytona wins ever, trailing only Richard Petty.

There’s a lot on the line for Hamlin this weekend, so the 2021 Daytona 500 could be one for the history books.

Daytona 500 betting odds

No surprise here, but Indiana’s betting apps have Hamlin as the favorite to win the Daytona 500.

However, he’s not exactly expected to blow the competition out of the water.

Winning at Daytona is incredibly difficult. Winning back-to-back races there is next to impossible, and winning three-straight is unheard of.

That and the general tight competition in NASCAR events has oddsmakers at FanDuel predicting a tight race. Here’s how the odds are looking for the top drivers:

  • Denny Hamlin: +800
  • Chase Elliott: +950
  • Ryan Blaney: +1,200
  • Brad Keselowski: +1,200
  • Joey Logano: +1,200

Daytona 500 DraftKings prop betting

Prop bets are a fun way to mix up the typical betting experience.

Right now, DraftKings has the largest selection available in Indiana for the Daytona 500.

Betting on specific head-to-head race matchups is one of the options. For example, will Joey Logano or Kevin Harvick end up with the best finishing position?

Betting on the cars themselves is a popular type of NASCAR prop bet, too.

Will the number of the winning car be even or odd? Even is the -134 favorite with odd as the +100 underdog.

Betting on the manufacturer of the winning car is even an option at DraftKings. The odds are basically a toss-up between Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota.

There are all sorts of prop betting options available, so check out your favorite online sportsbook for the full list of options.

FanDuel Daytona 500 insurance

FanDuel is looking to attract NASCAR fans with its latest Daytona 500 promotion.

The sportsbook’s “Top-Five Finish Insurance” provides Daytona bettors with some solid value.

If you place a pre-race bet on the winner of the Daytona 500, and your driver loses but finishes in the top-five, then FanDuel will refund you up to $50. That refund will come as site credit.

That eliminates a lot of the risk for NASCAR gamblers, so it’ll be hard to find a deal that beats this one.

You’ll have sign up for FanDuel if you haven’t already to take advantage of the insurance. Next, just opt-in to the deal in the “Promotions and Bonuses” section of FanDuel’s website or app.

More promotions will likely trickle out closer to race day, so feel free to shop around a bit at any of Indiana’s online sportsbooks to find the best deal for you.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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