Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona NASCAR Pick: The Driver Matchup to Bet on Thursday Night


Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images. Pictured: Tyler Reddick, driver of the #8 Caterpillar Chevrolet

Feb 13, 2020, 02:18 PM EST
  • NASCAR's Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona will start Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.
  • Learn about a head-to-head driver matchup bettors should target for tonight's races.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (pole) and Alex Bowman (second) have secured the front row for the 2020 Daytona 500, but the rest of the field will not be set until the completion of Thursday night’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels at Daytona.

There will be two Duel races, with the finishing order of Duel 1 setting the odd number starting positions for the Daytona 500 and Duel 2 determining the even numbers.

While unique, the Duels are treated just like any other NASCAR race by oddsmakers, including outright-winner and driver-matchup odds.

Duel 2 includes a head-to-head driver matchup between rookies Tyler Reddick, who has won the past two NASCAR XFINITY Series championships, and Cole Custer, who secured seven victories in that series last season, that is not only interesting, but also presents a solid betting opportunity.

Daytona Duel Betting Pick: Tyler Reddick vs. Cole Custer Driver Matchup

DraftKings Sportsbook has each driver set at -115 in this matchup, making it essentially a pick’em.

However, the data says one driver should be a clear favorite against the other. Here’s the bet I’m making and three reasons why it’s offering value.

1. Superspeedway Performance