Gordon wins Daytona 500 pole
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (TheSpread) – Only two men know their spots for the Daytona 500 as Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson earned the front row positions in qualifying.
After the qualifying session on Sunday, the odds have been updated. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the current favorite with 9/1 odds. Six other drivers have 12/1 odds, including Gordon and Johnson. The Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday at 1:30PM ET. The remaining order of the lineup will be determined in the Budweiser Duels on Thursday at 7:22 and 9PM ET.
Earnhardt Jr. is the defending champion of the race and he has won the race twice while placing second on four different occasions.
Gordon is a three-time Daytona 500 winner and he is competing in his final full-season run this year. His last win came in 2005. He will be on the pole for the second time in his career. The last time he was on the pole was 1999, when he went on to win the race.
Johnson is a two-time winner of the Daytona 500, winning in 2013 and 2006. He also has four other top-5 finishes in the event.