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The Clash at Daytona Betting Odds NASCAR Betting Online: There might still be a hint of winter in the air, but you know when the temperatures start to rise throughout the nation, it's time for the boys of summer to get back on the track. The very first event in the 2017 NASCAR season will be at famed Daytona International Speedway, The Clash at Daytona, and though it isn't a race that will help for the Chase for the Sprint Cup, it's the unofficial start of the season and is a race that NASCAR fans won't want to miss.

Catch all of the high-speed thrills and chills of the 2017 The Clash at Daytona on Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m. ET live on FOX Sports 1.

2017 The Clash at Daytona At a Glance

Racetrack: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL

Track Length: 2.5 miles

Total Laps: 75

Defending Champion: Denny Hamlin

For all intents and purposes, The Clash at Daytona is more or less just an all-star race. It's a race by invite only, and though the teams largely recognize that this is a great opportunity to scout the track for the first time this year, most know that this is an exhibition and an exhibition only and is treated as such.

The format of The Clash at Daytona has changed quite a bit throughout its history, and for the first time in 2017, there isn't a set number of drivers who will be on the track. Instead, in order to qualify for the race, you had to either win a pole at some point in 2016, have won the Daytona 500 pole at some point in the past, won The Clash at Daytona in the past, or qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup last year. Furthermore, only drivers who were full-timers in 2016 are eligible, effectively shutting out rookies from making this their first taste of NASCAR action on the famed superspeedway.

List of The Clash at Daytona Winners (Since 2000)

YearWinnerTeamManufacturer
2016Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
2015 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2014 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2013 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
2012 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
2011 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge
2010 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
2009 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
2008 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2007 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet
2006 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet
2005 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
2004 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford
2003 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
2002 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
2001 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac
2000 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford

Since The Clash at Daytona is effectively an all-star race, it isn't surprising that the list of its winners is quite awesome. Go back and look at the names who have won this race in the past. Virtually all of them either are Hall of Famers, could have been Hall of Famers, or very well could be Hall of Famers by the time it's all said and done with. Most recently, it's been Joe Gibbs Racing doing the most damage, winning four of the last five races at The Clash at Daytona, but there's clearly a reason for that. JGR has been way ahead of the curve in terms of all of the big time changes NASCAR has implemented over the years, and these early-season victories have become a staple of the team.

Most Career Wins (By Driver) at The Clash at Daytona

WinsDriverYears
6Dale Earnhardt1980, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995
3 Dale Jarrett 1996, 2000, 2004
3 Tony Stewart 2001, 2002, 2007
3 Kevin Harvick 2009, 2010, 2013
3 Denny Hamlin 2006, 2014, 2016

It's going to be a while before anyone catches No. 3. Dale Earnhardt is arguably the most famed driver in the history of NASCAR, and he has, not surprisingly, been the king of The Clash at Daytona with his six wins. He interestingly never won the race in back-to-back years, a test of his longevity for sure, and there have only been four drivers in the history of the race to pull that feat off.

One of said drivers is Tony Stewart from his days with Joe Gibbs Racing. Pontiacs weren't in Victory Lane all that often over the years, but Stewart did it twice in a row in 2001 and 2002 at The Clash at Daytona to help make him one of the five men in the history of this race to ultimately win it at least three times.

The Clash at Daytona's most recent winner, Denny Hamlin, added his name to the list of three-time champs by heading to Victory Lane in 2016.

Most Career Wins (By Team) at The Clash at Daytona

WinsNASCAR TeamYears Won
8Richard Childress Racing1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2009, 2010, 2013
8 Joe Gibbs Racing 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
6 Hendrick Motorsports 1989, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2005, 2008

Of course, with "Big E" winning this race six times, it only makes sense that Richard Childress Racing is the one with the most all-time victories. Joe Gibbs Racing has caught up in recent years though, particularly with three straight victories, and it's only a matter of time until it becomes the undisputed all-time best team in the history of The Clash at Daytona. Hendrick Motorsports is right there as well with six wins all-time, though none of those victories have come since 2008.

Most Career Wins (By Manufacturer) at The Clash at Daytona

WinsManufacturerLast Win
20Chevrolet2013
7 Ford 2004
4 Toyota 2016
2 Oldsmobile 1980
2 Buick 1982
2 Pontiac 2002

What's most interesting about the history of The Clash at Daytona is that Chevrolet hasn't been as dominant of late as you would think. Sure, the top manufacturer in NASCAR has 20 wins at The Clash at Daytona, but Toyota has swept the board in each of the last three years thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, and in due time, it's possible we'll be talking about a really close race between these two in the history of the opening race of the NASCAR season.

What's most interesting about the history of The Clash at Daytona is that Chevrolet hasn't been as dominant of late as you would think. Sure, the top manufacturer in NASCAR has 20 wins at The Clash at Daytona, but Toyota has swept the board in each of the last three years thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing, and in due time, it's possible we'll be talking about a really close race between these two in the history of the opening race of the NASCAR season.

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How to bet on Nascar The Clash at Daytona

The odds of a driver to win the The Clash at Daytona will generally look something like:

Jeff Gordon + 200

Mark Martin + 250

Jeff Burton + 300

Bill Elliott + 700

Robby Gordon + 700

Field + 500

These betting odds will be lower when betting on a driver to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.

A player would have to bet $10 to win $20 that Jeff Gordon will win the The Clash at Daytona, while the bettor wagering on Bill Elliott stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.

Another commonly placed bet in NASCAR is head - to - head finish between two drivers. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the driver finishes in, as long as the driver finishes higher than the other driver.

A head - to - head betting line for the The Clash at Daytona will look something like:

Mark Martin - 130 Jeff Burton + 110

In this bet, players wagering on Martin to finish higher than Burton will be asked to risk $13 to win $10, while bettors believing that Burton will finish higher than Martin will bet $10 to win $11.

Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to NASCAR wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of NASCAR betting without too much hassle.

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