NASCAR auto racing is one of the most popular sports in North America. Spread out over 10 months every year, NASCAR gives bettors plenty of opportunities to make some serious money betting on the sport. Whether it’s the Cup Series, Nationwide races or even the Truck Series, there is no shortage of options when it comes to betting on NASCAR throughout the year. Here is a look at four different ways to bet on NASCAR racing.
Picking Race Winners
The most obvious way to bet on NASCAR is to pick winners in the individual races. The sportsbooks establish odds for every field heading in to each week’s races. Unlike in F1 auto racing, the NASCAR season offers a wider range of winners. When betting on the individual races, it’s important to do your research ahead of time since different drivers tend to excel at different race tracks. Picking winners is an easy concept but make sure you do your research ahead of time if you are serious about making money.
Predicting Podium Finishers
You will need to put the same amount of research in to picking podium finishers, which is essentially betting on which driver you think will place in the top-three of any given race. While picking a driver to finish in the top-three should be easier than betting on somebody to win a race outright, the potential payouts betting on a podium finisher aren’t usually as lucrative as picking outright winners. There are some drivers that excel enough at a certain race track that it is worth betting on them to finish in the top-three. Just make sure you shop around and find the best odds for them to finish first, second, or third.
NASCAR Prop Bets
Another type of wager that most sportsbooks offer for NASCAR races is prop bets. These could include everything from betting on which driver will lead the most laps in a race, how many caution flags there will be, who will win the pole position and over/under lines for how many laps each driver will lead. The bigger the race, the more prop bets will likely be available to bet on. Prop bets can be a fun way to make an entertaining race that much more exciting. The best part about prop bets is that the wide range of selections means that you can narrow your focus to a specific aspect of the race and potentially outsmart the sportsbooks. Once again, make sure you shop around and find the best odds for whichever prop bet you want to wager on.
Wagering On Season Champions
The final type of NASCAR wager you might want to consider is picking an overall title winner. The NASCAR season lasts 10 months in the year so betting on a winner could make the year a lot more fun to follow along with. While Jimmie Johnson dominated the NASCAR Cup Series for some time, there have been seven different title winners over the last seven seasons. Consistency has been key to winning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles but the sport’s governing body has taken the necessary steps to make sure that winning plays a bigger role when determining its annual champion. Whether it’s picking a season champion or betting on the individual races by picking a winner, picking a driver to finish in the top-three or making prop bets, there are plenty of options available when it comes to betting on NASCAR.