Ryan Blaney was installed as the favorite in earliest odds for the 2023 Daytona 500.

That might seem like a strange pick considering that Blaney went winless in 2022 and has never won the “Great American Race.” A deeper dive, however, reveals that Blaney is a good choice to win his first 500.

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Jeff Birchfield is a sports writer for the Johnson City Press with a lifelong passion for motorsports. The father of two attended ETSU and served in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

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