Walsh: The 2019 Daytona 500 Sleeper Bet to Jump on Right Now

Jan 23, 2019 11:04 AM EST

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: NASCAR Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (31) lead a group of cars

  • Betting odds for NASCAR's 2019 Daytona 500 are now available at most sportsbooks, providing bettors with the opportunity to jump on solid early values.
  • Based on recent performance at Daytona and an equipment upgrade, we examine a Daytona 500 sleeper worth betting immediately.

I don’t normally make this many offseason bets for the Daytona 500, but when the value is there in sports betting, you need to pounce while you can.

Like NASCAR’s ratings and attendance, interest in stock car betting has waned in recent years. As a result, sportsbooks are offering fewer betting options than ever, while putting little effort into creating their own unique lines.

In the past, you could have afforded to wait because another sportsbook might’ve thrown out better numbers. However, these days you can’t afford to let a good number slip away. If you don’t get it while available, you may never see it again.

So far, we’ve done a good job locking in value with some of the frontrunners, and nailed a longshot who has since moved from 200-1 to 66-1 at one sportsbook.

With some favorites and a longshot already on our card, it’s time to grab a past Daytona 500 champion who is flying under the radar, especially considering his current betting odds.

Here’s the sleeper I’m betting right now.