BY HARRY "GAS" GAGNON
The NASCAR season kicks off on Sunday as it always does in February for the Daytona 500. This race along with this upcoming season have numerous questions that need to be answered at some point and "GAS' will do his best to provide for you. Will the number 11 car of Denny Hamlin win the Daytona 500 for the third straight year? Will 2020 Cup Champion Chase Elliott be able to do it again in 2021 and can Kevin Harvick at 45 years old have the same type of dominating season like he did a season ago? These are all legit questions that I (GAS) will do my best to answer especially since I was able to hit 68% of my NASCAR wagers on BestBetCorner.com last year. In this article I hope to give out my 6 Pack of NASCAR/DAYTONA props winners and as a bonus a 6 Pack of season long props.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14
6 PACK OF DAYTONA 500 PROPS
-118 WINNING CAR # UNDER 12.5
This wager at -118 is a more than fair price considering you get the 9 car of season 2020 champ Chase Elliott, the three time Daytona 500 winner in Denny Hamlin, Mr Everything Kevin Harvick, and the 2 car of Brad Keselowski who had a excellent 2020 as well.
-130 TOP 10 FINISH RYAN BLANEY
Blaney started the season last year quite well and was able to finish 2nd at the Daytona 500. At -130 that isn't much of a price to lay with a guy who continues to improve.
-109 CHRIS BUESCHER OVER RYAN NEWMAN
I expect Newman to race well and it really is amazing that he is even able to get into a racing car after that insane wreck a Daytona a year ago, but Chris Buescher is a driver who made big strides and that includes finishing 3rd at Daytona.
+250 KEVIN HARVICK OVER KESELOWSKI/BYRON/KYLE BUSCH
Kyle is a guy who you just can't fully have faith in and has 9 career did not finish (DNF) results at Daytona. Harvick is the guy here in this group. Harvick led in almost every offensive categories a season ago and might just want to prove early on that at 45 years old he still belongs amongst the leaders in NASCAR.
+235 RYAN NEWMAN OVER BRISCOE/CUSTER/McDOWELL
McDowell finished 14th and Custer just 37th at Daytona a season ago, plus Briscoe is racing with the big boys this week. Newman finished 9th last year while crossing the finish line in what I mentioned earlier a wild wreck that he survived somehow. He has won at this track before and I expect him to put forth a great performance on Sunday.
-115 JOEY LOGANO OVER BRAD KESELOWSKI
Both drivers ran a poor race at Daytona with Logano finishing 26th but has won this race before and Keselowski had a DNF and finished 36th. Logano overall had a season he'd like to forget but did race his best in the first quarter of the year and I'm looking for a solid bounce back race for him.
HARRY'S 12 PACK WHEN THE DUST CLEARS AT DAYTONA
10-RICKY STENHOUSE JR
9-MARTIN TRUEX JR
YES !!!! Denny does it again with a unprecedented 3rd Daytona 500 win in a row at 8/1 odds
SEASON 6 PACK OF PROPS FOR NASCAR
+600 CUP CHAMPION DENNY HAMLIN
Hamlin will be pushed by Harvick, Kyle and Kurt Busch and probably more than anyone last season's champ Chase Elliott. I just feel Hamlin will win where he usually does but races even better where he usually doesn't do as well and gets it done in the end.
-115 BLANEY OVER KYLE LARSON IN CUP POINTS
It's going to be a tough comeback for Larson after his off track issues from many months ago.
-122 HAMLIN OVER KESELOWSKI IN CUP POINTS
Again, I'm all in on Hamlin having his best season yet. Keselowski did have some wins last season but he was fortunate late in races and Hamlin right now is better.
-140 ALEX BOWMAN OVER KURT BUSCH IN CUP POINTS
Bowman didn't race well in the 2nd half of the season but Kurt is getting older and I feel more confident with Bowman to learn from his mistakes and to have a better overall season than Kyle Busch.
-112 JOEY LOGANO TO HAVE MORE WINS THAN BRAD KESELOWSKI
Again, Keselowski had a better season, but before last season Logano was always at the top of each races leaderboard and I'm banking on him returning to that form.
-115 MARTIN TRUEX JR TO HAVE MORE WINS THAN KYLE BUSCH
Busch was close so many times last year, but had way to many miscues late in races to be able to trust him to finish. Truex had a tough season, but still has his favorite tracks and hopefully he returns to the way he raced in 2019.
Well, here we go, racing starts for real on Sunday. I hope these picks help with putting extra money in your pockets. Racing/Gambling fans enjoy the season, enjoy Daytona !!!!
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