The 2019 NASCAR season kicks into high gear Sunday with the 2019 Daytona 500. We've simulated this huge event 10,000 times to come up with a surprising projected leaderboard.
Developed by DFS pro and SportsLine predictive data engineer Mike McClure, this proprietary NASCAR prediction computer model takes factors such as track history and recent results into account.
It's made some huge calls in NASCAR last year, including correctly projecting wins for Kyle Busch at Chicago and Martin Truex Jr. at Sonoma. It also nailed three of the top four finishers at Michigan, and two of the top four at the 2018 Daytona 500. Anybody who followed its picks finished WAY up.
For the 2019 Daytona 500, we can tell you the model is high on Aric Almirola, who makes a serious run at the checkered flag despite going off at 12-1 odds. And a surprise: Brad Keselowski, one of the co-favorites at 8-1, falls short of the checkered flag. He's failed to finish his last four races at Daytona, so there are far better values in this loaded 2019 Daytona 500 lineup.
The model is also targeting four other drivers with 2019 Daytona 500 odds of 12-1 or longer to make a serious run at winning it all. Anyone who backs these long shots could hit it BIG.
So who wins the 2019 Daytona 500? And which long shots stun NASCAR? ... Join SportsLine here to see the full projected final leaderboard for NASCAR at Daytona from the model that crushed its NASCAR picks last year!