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Prop Bets: Daytona 500

The fun thing about the Daytona 500 is that nobody ever has any idea what’s going to happen. Who honestly predicted Trevor Bayne to win last year’s race? Part of the fun of Daytona is heading into the race with little to rely on in the way of making accurate predictions. It’s a guessing game, really – and so is this.

For entertainment purposes only (but you knew that, right?), here are our 10 challenge questions for the 2012 Daytona 500. Chances are, nobody’s going to get more than half of these right – remember, Daytona is a big guessing game – but it’s fun to throw darts at the board and see how things shake out. Feel free to comment with your selections at the bottom of the page, and any person to properly predict all 10 might receive a shout-out.

Have fun, and enjoy today’s race.

Who will post the better finish in these pairings?

1. 2011 championship rivals – Tony Stewart or Carl Edwards

2. Most popular drivers – Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Danica Patrick

3. Current vs. former Penske Racing drivers – Kurt Busch or A.J. Allmendinger

4. Roush Fenway Racing’s Nationwide Series drivers – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. or Trevor Bayne

5. New Michael Waltrip Racing drivers – Mark Martin or Clint Bowyer

6. Traditional start-and-parkers – Phil Parsons Racing (Michael McDowell) or NEMCO Motorsports (Joe Nemechek)

7. Teams backed by fast food franchisees – Front Row Motorsports (Taco Bell/Long John Silver’s franchisees, Tony Raines, David Ragan, or David Gilliland) or BK Racing (Burger King franchisees, Landon Cassill or David Reutimann)

Over/under predictions:

8. Cautions: Over or under 10.5

9. Lap leaders: Over or under 26.5

10. Lead changes: Over or under 76.5

– Chris Leone

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