Race to Fandings to make your Daytona 500 pick

Denny Hamlin celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The Daytona 500 is just a little more than a week away, and excitement is building.

A few drivers certainly are pumped:

Here are the early odds for the race:

  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. — 5/1
  • Brad Keselowski — 8/1
  • Jimmie Johnson — 10/1
  • Kevin Harvick — 10/1
  • Martin Truex Jr. — 10/1

The favorite got his first taste of action today:

TopBet thinks it’s Truex’s year:

Martin Truex Jr. had without question the best season of his career in 2016. After winning just three races through his first decade in NASCAR, Truex won four last season, including two in the first three races of The Chase. However, it quickly fell apart for him as he was eliminated in the next round. Nevertheless, Truex should be a trendy sleeper pick to start this season strong. He’s had some very good success in Daytona in recent years. After finishing 8th in 2015, Truex finished 2nd to Denny Hamlin in a razor-close finish in last year’s race.

Daytona Beach News-Journal writers gave a few drivers a strong chance. Among them:

Brad Keselowski — Do you remember the July race? Kez is a man among boys at this track.

Kevin Harvick — Ford is pouring massive amounts of money into racing and this is the 10th anniversary of his only 500 win.

FanSided’s Christopher Olmstead predicts the winner will be Kyle Busch:

If I had to lay odds as to which driver is going to cash in, I would go with Kyle Busch. Busch has won a lot of races in his NASCAR career but the Daytona 500 has alluded him. Busch winning the 500 would be the perfect way for the 2015 champion to start off the 2017 season. If it’s not Kyle Busch it might be one of NASCAR’s young guns. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney could all be fits to win one of the biggest races of the season. Regardless who win though, it will be someone who has never won the 500 before.

What do you think? Who will win this year’s Daytona 500?

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