The start of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season is upon us. Sunday, will mark the first NASCAR race of the calendar year. The 39th annual Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will contest on Sunday afternoon as the All-Star type race will feature 20 drivers all gunning for a win.
See, Sunday’s race is checkers or wreckers for the drivers. No points are on the line and it doesn’t pay much to finish runner-up. This is all about bragging right.
Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing have combined to win the last five Clash races at the Daytona International Speedway. Will they make it six in-a-row?
Here are the five favorites.
Brad Keselowski (+700)
He’s the odds on favorite according to Vegas and how do you not pick him? While Keselowski has just one Daytona Speedweeks win to his credit, it happened in this very race last year. The Penske driver is arguably the top restrictor plate racer in the game today and always shows up with a fast car.
Last year, Penske finished 1-2-4 in the Clash.
Keselowski, has five top 10 finishes in six Clash tries. He led eight laps in 2014, two in 2015, 26 in 2016, 18 in 2017 and 43 last season.
He’s the favorite for a reason.
Joey Logano (+700)
He’s tied with Keselowski for the best odds for a great reason. He’s coming off of a season championship in 2018 and should have a shot to win the last race of 2018 and the first of 2019.
Logano, won this race in 2017 and finished runner-up in 2018. He actually was second in 2016 too as he has three consecutive top two finishes in the Clash.
Since 2013, he hasn’t finished worse than sixth in this race.
Ryan Blaney (+1200)
In his first Clash last February he finished fourth. Penske is the top team on restrictor plates and Blaney’s No. 12 Ford will be among the ones to beat. His Penske teammates won this race the last two years, so he’s up next.
He’s a good value pick.
Denny Hamlin (+1000)
He’s a two time winner of this race and has led 95 laps over the last three years. In face, he’s only eight laps led away from becoming the all-time lap leader in the Clash. Hamlin’s won twice since 2014 and was sixth last year.
Erik Jones (+2500)
This is another value pick. He won the last Cup race at Daytona in July’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Jones, also finished eighth in this very race a year ago and this car won in 2015.