|Junior has been installed as 10-to-1 favorite to win Daytona 500 (Getty)|
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LAS VEGAS -- It didn't take long for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season to end before Aliante sports book manager Fred Crespi had his mind churning for 2013 and the Daytona 500. After gathering information on driver and crew chief changes, and speculating on the effect of the new sixth-generation car debuting next season, Crespi had all he needed to offer the first Daytona 500 odds posted in Las Vegas.
The car itself presents the most questions for both bettor and bookmaker, especially in restrictor-plate races, where we have seen a drastically different style of racing in each of the last four seasons. Crespi thinks we'll see racing similar to last season.
"Looking at the Daytona 500 with the changes to the 2013 car, I still see the same type of racing that we have been used to. More pack racing during the bulk of the race with cars 'hooking up' late in the race to make their push to the front."
Restrictor-plate races are always crap shoots, which makes it easier to offer relatively high odds on top drivers, while also closing the odds gap on drivers who typically don't have a chance in the 32 non-plate races.
Even though Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't won a plate race since 2004, when he took the checkers at both the Daytona 500 and at Talladega, he's still listed as the 10-to-1 favorite by Crespi.
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