Like all other racing, NASCAR is a thrilling sport with drivers on the edge of the throttle pushing the car to the end of its capability. If you are a petrol head and enjoy everything with motor oil, this sport is hot and fast. Travelling at 322 km/h (200 mph), drivers are wrestling the cars around the track, which the cars definitely don’t want to do. With 40 cars on the track, it can ultimately lead to unfortunate situations and crashes happen.
Each NASCAR race is different, giving each team and driver challenges to overcome. It takes a combination of driving skill, engineering skill, car setup skills, nerve, aggression, and racing strategy to come out on top. This guide will give you an overview of the racing sport, what cups make up the NASCAR league and what to look out for. While learning more about the overall sport, you’ll develop a better understanding of how to bet on NASCAR races and drivers.
NASCAR stands for National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, the operating company is best known for stock-car racing. Founded in 1948, the championship series over the last 70 years have seen races held across America, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Each year over 1,500 NASCAR races take place as the season spreads across 10 months. That’s enough racing for any die-hard fan to bite into.
There are four major national racing series In NASCAR:
- NASCAR Cup Series
- NASCAR Xfinity Series
- NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series
- ARCA Menards Series
The NASCAR Cup Series began in 1949, which has gone onto what we know today making it one of the top-level series in the sports. The championship is determined by a points system, where drivers earn points according to where they finish and the number of laps led. The season is divided into two segments, where the top 16 drivers in the championships are chosen for the NASCAR playoffs.
These 16 drivers are selected based on the total number of wins during the first 26 races. Heading into the last ten races, they compete to be top where the margin between leaders narrows tremendously.
What are the biggest NASCAR races, series?
The NASCAR season revs up in February every year and finishes around November. The season is spread across over 100 tracks in 48 US states, allowing every fan to see a race at the track. Some of the most popular races in the season to follow and bet on:
- NASCAR Cup Series Championship
- Daytona 500
- GEICO 500
- Brickyard 400
- Coca-Cola 600
- Federated Auto Parts 400
- NASCAR All-Star Race
- Go Bowling at The Glen
- Southern 500
The GEICO 500 is notoriously known as the fastest track on the calendar, which holds the all-time track record of 212.8 MPH lap. The car race is held at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama.
However, when you compare it to the most popular and what brings all the eye-balls to the track, the Daytona 500 wins the spot. Held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida, it’s the biggest race in NASCAR. This year’s race featured a total purse of $23.6 million distributed across the racers, meaning the driver who finishes 1st earns just shy over $2million.
Betting types in NASCAR
If you’re familiar to racing sports bets, NASCAR is typically the same. It’s all about choosing which driver will win! But there is plenty of options than betting on who will finish crossing the checkered flag first.
Futures – Futures bets are the most favourable bet by punters, as it’s the most common bet for racing fans. You’re placing a bet on which driver you think is going to win a particular race before it happens. Considering there’s plenty of cars on track competitors, the odds for drivers is quite favourable.
The higher the odds the less likely the sportsbook will think they will finish first. Considering upsets like crashes happen all the time it means that you can cash in on some of those bets without laying down much.
Because you are betting on events in the future, you can place bets on the NASCAR Cup Championship or a particular race like the Daytona 500.
Individual race matchups –
Head-to-head matchups are a great way to heat up that rivalry on track and keep events interesting. Sportsbooks will provide a list of given matchups of drivers for the day, it gives betters the chance of deciding which driver will finish ahead of the other.
But don’t expect too many underdogs as most of the matchups will consist of drivers of the same calibre. Giving similar odds to both drivers.
Group race matchups –
On some occasions, sportsbooks will cluster drivers into groups of three and four drivers. Exactly the same as individual matchups, bettors must choose which driver from the group will finish the highest. Since there’s more choice, odds for bets are slightly better.
Prop bets – Typically known as additional bets, Prop bets are related to specific outcomes or events in the race. You bet on whether or not the specific event is going to happen. Instead of picking on the final outcome of the NASCAR event, you bet on a variety of other results.
Some of the most popular prop bets include what driver will be on the pole, how many caution flags or which manufacturer will win. On prop bets in NASCAR, any bets involving numbers, the sportsbook will give you an Over/ Under to decide from.
Fastest Lap Time – This bet is all about who you think will put in the quickest lap time of the day. The Fastest Lap Time is independent of the end result of the race, so it can be any driver. The driver might put in the fastest lap of the day at the start fo the race or sometimes at the very end, you never know. It’s a very interesting bet as any challenger can go for the record depending on what strategy they are on for the race.
Podium Finish – Another bet apart from placing a bet on the clear 1st winner is a podium finish. You’re betting on the rider will finish in the to Top 3 position (Podium) once the cross the checkered flag.
Be aware that bets are settled on the official result of the race, any changes to the results after the podium presentation such as disqualifications or penalties do not count.