2011 Daytona 500 Odds & Predictions

That day has finally arrived, February 20, 2011, the day NASCAR/Sprint Cup betting fans can throw their money where their mouths are, the 2011 Daytona 500. Today's 53rd Daytona 500 begins what looks to be an exciting 2011 Sprint Cup season, one we look forward to following. Before the checkered flag drops (1:30 PM Eastern, Fox) be sure and check out the most up to date 2011 Daytona 500 betting odds.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole in qualifying last week but wrecked in Wednesday's practice round. His Hendrick crew was unable to fix the car, having to roll out the back-up sending Junior to the back for today's start. Daytona 500 betting opened with Earnhardt listed the favorite at +400 odds, but the crash and new starting position forced odds makers to adjust listing Kevin Harvick the current favorite at +700 while Earnhardt joins the Busch brothers Kyle and Kurt at +800. Tony Stewart rounds out the odds makers top-5 with +900 winning odds.

So with Earnhardt Jr. starting from the back who will start up front? That priviledge goes to one-time winner Jeff Gordon, a long time driver of the Hendrick Racing stable. On the front row outside of Gordon will be rookie Trevor Bayne. Odds makers list Gordon at +1000 to win while Bayne is lumped with the Field at +3000.

Last years winner Jamie McMurray is listed at +1200 along with Jeff Burton, who ran strong in the duel qualifying races, and 2010 Sprint Cup champ Jimmie Johnson.