2022 Daytona 500 Odds Picks, Predictions: 2 NASCAR Driver Matchup Bets for Sunday’s Race
Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 McDonald’s Toyota.
Daytona Speedweeks is officially upon us!
Cars will be on track Tuesday for the NASCAR Cup Series’ first two practice sessions and back again Wednesday for Daytona 500 qualifying (8:05 p.m. ET, FS1).
Daytona 500 odds are widely available, including outrights, finish props and driver matchups, though numbers might adjust after the qualifying session that will set the front row for Sunday’s race.
With this in mind, let’s take a look at two Featured Driver Matchups offering value right now.
Daytona 500 Picks
*Odds as of Tuesday morning
Michael McDowell (+150) over Justin Haley
DraftKings Sportsbook has four featured driver matchups posted for the Daytona 500, and this is my favorite of the bunch.
And, it’s not just my preferred matchup, but two of The Action Network’s verified experts have also gotten down on this bet as well.
Simply put, there’s no way that an accomplished superspeedway racer and defending Daytona 500 winner should be a +150 underdog to Haley in a race as unpredictable as this one.
Sure, Haley is a strong superspeedway performer as well, but this matchup is much closer to a coin flip than the current odds imply, making McDowell’s +150 side a very enticing one.
Bubba Wallace +3.5 (-110) over Austin Dillon
The reasons to like the matchup are almost exactly the same as the one above.
Wallace won the most recent Cup Series race at Talladega last fall, so he’s clearly a driver who knows how to contend at superspeedways.
Dillon is the 2018 Daytona 500 winner, so he’s not too shabby in the draft either, but again, there’s no way that Austin should be such a heavy favorite in the matchup, especially for a race that projects to be extremely random.
By taking Wallace here, we’re getting a three-position buffer AND an underdog price of -110 odds.
Yup, that works for me.
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