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NASCAR Betting

NASCAR is one of the most popular motorsports across North America that sees stock cars race around a tarmac oval at over 300 km/h per hour. The sport features 17 full-time teams that are allowed to field four cars in a race although there is a limit of 40 cars in any one given race. NASCAR is full of fast action, drama, twists and turns, so let’s take a closer look into the sport and explain to you all the ins and outs of NASCAR betting.

NASCAR Popularity in Canada

NASCAR’s main target audience is North America and while the United States is its largest audience, NASCAR has an impressive following in Canada with more than 350,000 Canadians having taken a trip across the border to attend a race meeting at some stage. For the less dedicated, following at home on television is also extremely popular with Canadians, with hundreds of thousands tuning in to watch the action unfold every race. NASCAR’s Pinty’s Series is the national racing series in Canada that features one race in the United States, while the Cup Series is the sports premier competition. Earl Ross remains the sole Canadian who has won a NASCAR Cup Series event, while Trevor Boys holds the record for most Cup Series starts for a Canadian having competed in over one hundred races. More recently DJ Kennington has been the prominent Canadian featuring in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Popular NASCAR Bets

Some bet types are transferable from one sport to another and NASCAR is no different with many recognisable bets being made available. Next, we will be looking closer into some of the most common bet types you are likely to see when betting on NASCAR, so you can then familiarize yourself with them and integrate them into your betting strategy.

Outright Betting

In near enough every sport, outright betting is the most simple and straightforward way of placing a bet. In its most basic form, outright betting allows you to choose the winner of a particular race. A lot of things can happen during a NASCAR race with accidents, pit road incidents, crashes and mechanical failures just a few of the things that drivers have to contend with. To overcome this and still come out victorious is quite an achievement and that is why you will find valuable odds in outright bets on NASCAR.

Head to Head Betting

Many sportsbooks will offer you the option of head-to-head betting markets on NASCAR. These markets will place two drivers against one another and you have to decide who will finish first. These markets won’t tend to offer much value as there are only two possible outcomes as well as many variables that can affect the final result.

Futures / Season Champion

One of the biggest markets for the NASCAR season is betting on who will be that season's champion. This market remains open throughout the calendar of events so you will be able to bet on the outcome after any stage with the odds obviously altering depending on recent results, seasons points tallies and current form. The best value on the champion markets are always found at the very start of the season. As the cars line up on the grid for the first time, no one is really sure how each racer will approach the season so the odds will be generous but by the halfway point, the title contenders will more than likely have emerged which will then significantly shorten their odds.

Prop Bets & Live Betting

As well as markets that focus on a race outcome or who finishes where, you can also bet on a selection of actions that might occur during a race also known as prop bets. These can include things like: Who will lead the most laps in a race? Which manufacturer will win? How many caution flags will be shown during a race? How many racers will complete the race? These will often be displayed to bettors as over/under options and you then have to make your specific choice as to which of the outcomes you think will happen.

What are the biggest NASCAR Events?

The NASCAR season runs from February to November and is packed full of huge events, but in this article we are going to concentrate on the biggest events that you should look out for when placing your bets on the fast-paced sport.

Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 is the biggest of them all and is the opening race to the NASCAR season. Known as the ‘Richest Race on the Circuit’, as it boasts by far the biggest purse in the sport, it is the one race that all NASCAR drivers dream of taking the chequered flag at. The race is 500 miles long, which consists of 200 laps and is held at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

GEICO 500

The GEICO 500 is held at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama. It occurs in either late April or early May every year and was first established back in 1971. The race's reputation stems from the fact that it is the fastest race on the NASCAR circuit with the 1997 event delivering an average speed of 303.12 KM/H.

Coca-Cola 600

The Coca-Cola 600 is an annual 600-mile NASCAR race that takes place on Memorial Day and is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. It is the longest race on the NASCAR schedule and is famed for the changing track conditions throughout the race. The race starts at around 6.20pm so drivers have to battle sunlight for the opening third of the race, dusk for the second third, before racing under the track lights for the latter stages.

Southern 500

The Southern 500 is the oldest race in the NASCAR calendar and sees drivers race 367 laps or 501 miles around the Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina on Labor Day weekend. It is widely considered one of the most difficult races in the NASCAR calendar due to the track's unique, asymmetrical egg-shape as well as the rough surface and its extremely unforgiving nature.

Brickyard 400

Held at the same circuit as the world famous Indy-500, the Brickyard 400 is a 200-mile NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The first race took place in 1994 and in recent years it has been moved around the calendar but now it looks set to return to its historical summer slot in August.

Tips for Betting on NASCAR

Whether you are brand new to NASCAR betting or a seasoned bettor, there are always things you can learn to add to your strategy. Many NASCAR fans will have favourite racers due to factors such as the car they drive, the teams’ sponsors or where the driver comes from. However, being able to decipher between who your favourite driver is and who you should be betting on is essential to your overall NASCAR betting success. 

Next, we are going to take a look at five things you should really pay closer attention to and think about carefully before placing your NASCAR bets.

1. The Track

As with many sports, the ‘where’ in terms of the location a sport takes place can be crucial to deciding who will win. Just like in football, baseball, and ice hockey, teams may have a home advantage and some racers will be much more comfortable on different race tracks. Whether they are short track experts, more at home on the superspeedways or they dominate the road courses, the venue and track can provide crucial insight into how a particular driver may do in any given race.

2. What happens in qualifying

There are some tracks where qualifying isn’t as essential as you may think. The likes of Daytona and Talladega regularly see drivers overcome a bad qualifying session with a good race day, however, on smaller, tighter circuits qualifying can be crucial to race success. Qualifying at the front will give pit stall advantages which can prove pivotal for race strategy. On road courses, it can be much more difficult to make passes so qualifying is also critical. In any race, qualifying near the front is obviously an advantage but it is a bigger advantage at some tracks than other, so pay close attention to these factors if you want to make informed bets.

3. Recent NASCAR form

Form is critical in any sport, and none more so than NASCAR. Drivers will change cars, teams and manufacturers and any of these factors can have a significant impact on performance. How a driver has performed in recent races, especially on specific tracks, will give you a great indicator of how they are likely to perform in an upcoming event. So, keep a close eye on results and performances and use your judgement on how these can affect future outcomes.

4. The unpredictable nature of NASCAR

You may have heard of “Big One” crashes in NASCAR. Essentially it refers to any crash that involves five or more cars in a NASCAR race. In races it isn’t uncommon for 20 or more cars to get pulled into an incident which can significantly alter the course of events. These types of crashes are more common on superspeedways, so if you are a punter who likes to favour the outsider longshots, then these are definitely the races to do it in.

5. Extra Factors to consider

NASCAR is unpredictable by nature and wild incidents can take place during races. It is not unheard of for drivers to deliberately wreck a rival or someone they have fallen out with. When you are risking your life driving around tracks at over 300 km/h it is no surprise that emotions and tensions spill over. It is also worth paying close attention to the team communications. If a crew chief and driver are at odds or have fallen out, it would be best to avoid betting on them as things clearly are not happy in the camp and this could easily leak out onto track strategy and performance.

Best Bookmakers for NASCAR Betting in Canada

It is all well and good knowing that you want to start adding NASCAR to your betting strategy, but knowing where to place your bets is probably the most crucial aspect for any potential bettor. Ensuring you get the best odds and the most enjoyable, seamless experience is essential in making your strategy work. While all leading bookmakers should offer a range of NASCAR betting options, we are going to briefly introduce you to a few reliable, high-quality sportsbooks that you should certainly consider.

888 Sport

888 Sport provides generous welcome offers to new customers and offers a comprehensive range of NASCAR betting markets for you to utilize. Their odds are extremely competitive and there are continuous promotions on major events for you to enjoy. 888 Sport is a sportsbook that provides a versatile range of banking methods which makes it welcoming to all types of budgets. The customer service is professional and their intuitive, easy-to-use website provides the perfect platform to place your NASCAR bets. 

22Bet Sports

There are also extremely appealing offers to new and existing customers at 22Bet. They go above and beyond to ensure that their customers are getting great value whether through enhanced odds or an extensive choice of bonus promotions. The sleek website is fully responsive making it perfectly suited to betting on the move through your mobile device. There are a great range of NASCAR markets available at 22Bet, so be sure to take a closer look.

Betway Sports

Betway Sports is one of the leading global betting platforms and they really know how to provide the full package for their members. From enticing promotions to efficient withdrawals, the Betway Sports experience is first-class. An exciting and enjoyable range of markets are available on NASCAR with relevant promotions on offer to benefit your betting journey.

NASCAR Betting FAQ

When does the NASCAR season take place?

The NASCAR season runs between February and November each year with December and January left for vehicle testing and development. Races usually take place on the Saturday or Sunday with teams arriving a few days before to compete in practice and qualifying.

What are top NASCAR Races to bet on?

The biggest races for you to consider betting on include the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the playoff races. You will always find plenty of markets to analyse and bet on for these top-level races.

Can you bet on NASCAR in-play?

Yes. Many bookmakers will allow you to bet on a range of eventualities live and while the race is going on. The big NASCAR races bring in a lot of betting attention and so the top bookmakers will always look to provide the best possible in-play betting experiences.