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NASCAR: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Daytona 500 favorite

A couple of weeks away from the start of the Daytona 500, Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. favorite to win the race.

NASCAR: Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Daytona 500 favorite On February 17th the NASCAR fans will be able to sit back and enjoy racing once again, when the drivers face off at the Daytona 500. The odds makers are also preparing themselves for another exciting year of NASCAR racing, with odds on the winner of the Daytona 50 race already posted. At the online sportsbook Bodog Sports, it's all about team Hendrick Motorsports. Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are now listed as the favorite drivers to win the race, tied with odds 9/2 on each. Another Hendrick Motorsports driver, Jimmie Johnson, comes second with odds 6/1 to win the race, and only then we find Tony Stewart, who has odds to win the Daytona 500 of 8/1. Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick are tied with odds 12/1 and Kyle Busch is listed with odds 14/1. Odds to win the 2008 Sprint Cup Championship have also been posted, where the undisputed favorite is Jimmie Johnson with odds 7/2. Johnson is followed by Jeff Gordon with odds 4/1 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will pay out on 6/1 odds.

 A few changes have been made in 2008 to the NASCAR rules. In all three national series, teams that are not locked into the starting field will qualify together as a group at the end of their respective qualifying sessions. Over-the-wall pit crews in NASCAR's three national series will be able to hand push their car no more than three pit boxes away from their assigned pit box -- limiting the crews to the same three-box length for pushing as the vehicles can drive through getting onto pit road. And outside tires that have been removed from a vehicle during a pit stop can no longer be free-rolled from the outside of the pit box to the wall. The tires must be hand-directed to the inner half of the pit box before being released. Visit for the full list of the 2008 competition changes.

 Published on 01/30/2008

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