Austin Cindric, the driver of the No. 2 Ford Mustang representing Team Penske, ended up winning his first NASCAR Cup Series event Sunday in none other than the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
While nobody is happier than Cindric and his No. 2 racing team, those who had Daytona 500 tickets on the 23-year-old rookie probably aren’t far behind given the end result of the 64th Great American Race.
Cindric entered Sunday’s Daytona 500 with betting prices in the neighborhood of 25-to-1. It means a $100 wager on Cindric at +2500 now will pay out $2,600.
Cindric’s prices — he opened at 25-to-1 on DraftKings Sportsbook — were right in the middle of the pack. He was well behind the favorites like Denny Hamlin (+850), Chase Elliott (10-to-1) and Kyle Larson (11-to-1) but firmly in front of the true Hail Mary contenders like Cody Ware (3000-to-1), B.J. McLeod (3000-to-1) and Jacques Villeneuve (1000-to-1), according to the opening lines at DraftKings Sportsbook.
So, while Cindric certainly is thrilled with how the 2022 NASCAR season got started on Sunday, it’s quite likely he’s not the only one.