Daytona Speedweeks: Betting Thursday’s Duel At Daytona

  • The Bluegrass Vacation Duel at Daytona drops the green flag Thursday night with two races, with Denny Hamlin the betting favorite to win race No. 1 at +500 betting odds.
  • The second race features names like Chase Elliot (+600) and Kyle Busch (+600) who will be battling to determine their final starting position at the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.Speedweeks has officially begun down in Daytona Beach, and while the crowds won’t be as dense as one would usually find this time of year, the action is still as high octane as ever.

Thursday night sees the annual Bluegrass Vacation Duel at Daytona ready to run, with two separate races to decide the complete starting positions for the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Both 60-lap races will determine the complete running order for the Daytona 500 outside of the first two positions. Those places were determined by single-car qualifying Wednesday night, with Alex Bowman and William Byron claiming the front row spots.

Now, the remainder of the field will lock horns and hit the asphalt to grab a competitive starting spot in the Great American Race. Naturally, betting odds are available for both Duel at Daytona races via the major online sportsbooks.

Bluegreen Vacation Duel 1 at Daytona – 2/11/21 7:21 p.m. EST

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  • Denny Hamlin +500
  • Joey Logano +600
  • Kyle Larson +700
  • Alex Bowman +750
  • Aric Almirola +800
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +900
  • Christopher Bell +1200
  • Matt DiBenedetto +1400
  • Ryan Newman +1400
  • Cole Custer +1600
  • Erik Jones +2000
  • Tyler Reddick +2200
  • Austin Cindric +2500
  • Jamie McMurray +2800
  • Michael McDowell +2800
  • Ryan Preece +2800
  • Daniel Suarez +4000
  • Ty Dillon +5000
  • Cody Ware +8000
  • Josh Bilicki +8000
  • Quin Houff +8000
  • Timmy Hill +8000

The first Duel of the night is set to run at precisely 7:21 p.m. EST under the lights at Daytona. The following race will start immediately following the first, around 8:45 p.m. EST. Both races can be seen on the FS1 network.

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona

  • Chase Elliott +600
  • Kyle Busch +600
  • Brad Keselowski +650
  • Ryan Blaney +650
  • Kevin Harvick +700
  • William Byron +900
  • Kurt Busch +1100
  • Bubba Wallace +1200
  • Martin Truex Jr. +1200
  • Austin Dillon +1400
  • Ross Chastain +2000
  • Chase Briscoe +2500
  • Chris Buescher +2500
  • David Ragan +2800
  • Corey Lajoie +4000
  • Noah Gragson +5000
  • Kaz Grala +6600
  • Anthony Alfredo +8000
  • BJ McLeod +10000
  • Derrike Cope +10000
  • Garrett Smithley +10000
  • Joey Gase +10000

The first race of the night is led by two-time defending champion Denny Hamlin, who will look to snag a good starting position in his quest for the trifecta.

The second race will feature reigning Series Cup Champion Chase Elliot, looking to start off his defense of the championship on a good note.

Those looking to bet on NASCAR should pay attention to this race to see how each of the top driver’s car is running. Many of the same body kits and specifications for the Duel will be used in the actual Daytona 500 on Sunday.

Thursday night could be the perfect time to pick a longshot that looks like they might cause some problems in the big race.