Monday, February 18, 2013

Budweiser Duel Odds: Stewart and Harvick Favored in Race 1, Kenseth Favored race 2

LAS VEGAS -- The Aliante sports book posted odds to win and driver matchups for Thursday’s Budweiser Duel qualifying races on Monday, with Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick the co-favorites at 9-to-2 in the first race, and Matt Kenseth opening at 9-to-2 to win the second race.

The Duels are 60-lap qualifying races. Where the drivers finish in these races determine where they start Sunday in the Daytona 500, with the exception of Danica Patrick and Jeff Gordon, who are locked into the front row. Also, two drivers will be eliminated. Only 43 drivers can start the Daytona 500, and 45 will be competing Thursday.

It will be very interesting to see how the drivers treat the Duels. They’re in a major pickle here; they want to learn as much as they can about the limitations of the new Gen-6 car in the draft, but they also don’t want to wreck their primary cars. In Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited, where 19 drivers raced competitively for the first time this season, we saw an immediate wreck.

The drivers that got to race for the entire Sprint Unlimited will have a bit of an edge here. They may not have learned everything they wanted to, but they sure know a lot more of the dos-and-donts than those who didn’t participate.

Read More Here.......full list of odds

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