|It's time to go racing this week at Daytona|
Even though not much has changed with the top restrictor-plate teams in the Sprint Cup series, a lot has changed with Daytona’s track itself as repaving began after last season’s Firecracker 400 during the summer. The track is said to be much smoother and quicker which in turn called for a new tire compound from Goodyear. Those factors will surely play some kind of role in determining who stays on top of their plate game.
Kevin Harvick won two plate races last season and has won the last two Budweiser Shootouts, but how will his performance be altered due to the resurfacing? Jamie McMurray has won three of his six career wins in plate races, including last years Daytona 500; how will the change affect him?
It’s tough to know how the new surface is going to affect everyone because we’ve seen only practice sessions run without anyone really letting it all hang out in actual race conditions. This Saturday night, even though it’s essentially an exhibition race, the short list of drivers will be letting loose for the first time with the winner taking home over $200,000 in prize money.
Until we see Saturday’s race and how it affects drafting and passing like we’ve seen in recent years, let’s just assume that the usual suspects will be the ones to key on this week.
The drivers who are eligible to race this week include all 12 drivers who made last years Chase, past Bud Shootout winners, past Cup Champions, rookie of the year winners from 2001-2010 and former Daytona winners each of their races the last two seasons. It’s basically anybody who is somebody is eligible and participating this week.
|Bowyer looks like a nice choice to win|
A small sampling of odds to win are the only way to go for this race unless value is found on matchup prices at plus money of at least +140 or more. It’s not a wise move to invest much in matchups during a regular season plate race, let alone a pre-season race.
Enjoy the first real action of the season and be sure to keep some mental notes of littlest of things that could be a factor for the Daytona 500.
Just a note: While the Las Vegas Hilton Super Book is always the best weekly value in NASCAR odds to to the low theorectic hold, the MGM Resort properties have a ton of value with several drivers for the Daytona 500.
Top 5 Bud Shootout Finish Prediction:
1) #33 Clint Bowyer (14/1)
2) #20 Joey Logano (25/1)
3) #42 Juan Pablo Montoya (20/1)
4) #29 Kevin Harvick (5/1)
5) #24 Jeff Gordon (8/1)