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NASCAR at Daytona Roval Odds: Truex Jr. Taking Early Money for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Road Course Race

NASCAR at Daytona Roval Odds: Truex Jr. Taking Early Money for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 Road Course Race article feature image

Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images. Pictured: Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the No. 19 DeWalt Toyota.

Following Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500, the NASCAR Cup Series will run another race at Daytona International Speedway this weekend — this time the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 (Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, FOX) on the track’s road course circuit.

Also referred to as the “Roval,” this is the same layout that hosted the 2021 Busch Clash one week ago, which was won by Kyle Busch after Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott wrecked coming to the checkered flag.

The Busch Clash is considered an exhibition race, so even though Chase Elliott didn’t win, he still has technically won the last four road course races on the Cup Series schedule, including at the Daytona Roval in August.

So, it’s not all that surprising to see Elliott as the +225 favorite. However, its another top Cup Series driver and road course racer that is attracting the lion’s share of early betting action.

Here’s the full list of O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 odds as of Feb. 16 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

NASCAR at Daytona Roval Odds

Driver Odds
Chase Elliott +225
Martin Truex Jr. +400
A.J. Allmendinger +1200
Ryan Blaney +1200
Kyle Busch +1200
Denny Hamlin +1200
Kevin Harvick +1400
Joey Logano +1600
Brad Keselowski +1800
William Byron +2000
Alex Bowman +2800
Kurt Busch +2800
Kyle Larson +3000
Chase Briscoe +4000
Matt DiBenedetto +5000
Aric Almirola +6000
Christopher Bell +6000
Cole Custer +6600
Erik Jones +6600
Michael McDowell +6600
Tyler Reddick +8000
Ross Chastain +10000
Austin Dillon +10000
Bubba Wallace +10000
Chris Buescher +12500
Ryan Newman +12500
Anthony Alfredo +20000
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +20000
Justin Haley +25000
Corey LaJoie +100000
Cody Ware +100000
Joey Gase +150000
Timmy Hill +150000
Quin Houff +150000
BJ McLeod +150000

NASCAR at Daytona Roval Odds Movement

Elliott dominated on the Daytona road course last season, winning the race, leading the most laps and running the most fast laps en route to the best driver rating.

However, Martin Truex Jr. was not that far off, running 16 fast laps (compared to Elliott’s 18) despite having to come through traffic following a pit road speeding penalty.

Truex was even better in the Busch Clash, blasting through the field twice following a bad qualifying draw and penalty for going off course while leading under caution.

Martin eventually finished dead last after spinning and hitting the wall while in the lead, but his speed cannot be ignored.

What does this all add up to? And undervalued No. 19 Toyota in the eyes of NASCAR bettors.

As shown in the table above, Truex opened at 6-1 at DraftKings, but has already been pushed down to 4-1.

In fact, the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas has him at +300, so don’t be surprised to see this number continues to move in that direction throughout the week.

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