Team-based sports are the biggest drivers of betting handled at online sportsbooks, but there are a lot more sports that draw their fair share of action. NASCAR is one of them, with an incredibly loyal and passionate fan base that now loves to bet on races as much as watch them.
A growing list of legal online sports betting states has been a catalyst for that. For each NASCAR race on the schedule, you can make bets on not just the winner of the race, but dozens of other possible combinations and outcomes.
Our guide to betting on NASCAR in New York covers all of the ins and outs, from how you can place your NASCAR bets online or via a sportsbook app to some actionable tips that you can use for betting on the race.
The first legal and regulated sportsbooks in NY opened for business in 2019. There are now several retail locations in upstate regions that are doing great business. A green-light for online sportsbooks and sportsbook apps are on the way (or maybe even here by the time you read this), but New Yorkers have some viable alternatives to consider in the meantime.
Over in neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania, legal online sports betting is up and running, and business is booming. NY residents are more than welcome to play there or in NY (when available). To do so, you’ve got to follow a specific process. Here’s what you need to do.
You can take care of all of the above in NY, but if online betting isn’t open yet you can’t place bets in the state. You’ll have to make the trek over to either NJ or PA to do so. Sportsbooks are required to verify user location. They do so with the assistance of geolocation tracking, which is a piece of software that runs in the background after download. It only tracks to place bets.
If you’re not in a legal state, bets won’t go through. You won’t need to stick around after placing bets unless you want to. Once your bets have been submitted, you can feel free to enjoy the action wherever you want. You’ll be able to manage your account without issue back in NY, and then just plan on another trip to place your wagers when the next NASCAR race rolls around.
When a NASCAR race is on tap, the conversation revolves around which drivers appear to have the best shot to win. Online sportsbooks will have odds for that, ranging from the favorites down to the longshots with everyone else in the middle.
If you click on the NASCAR or “Motorsports” tabs, you’ll find odds for the upcoming events that look like this.
There will be NASCAR odds listed for all drivers scheduled to compete, typically in descending order. When you’re ready to place a bet, it’s as simple as clicking the odds for your choice. The wager will be added to the betting slip instantly. From there, you just have to plug in the amount of your wager, give everything a once over, and click submit.
The amount of the odds also gives us an indicator of what we can expect back for winning bets. You’ll also see the potential return on the betting slip, but here’s a quick trick to figure it out. For positive odds, the listed number is the amount you get back for $100 winning bets, such as $800 at +800.
If the odds are negative, that’s what you’d have to stake to see $100 come back, such as $150 at odds of -150. In advance of NASCAR races, take the time to look around and compare the odds at multiple books. Known as line shopping, this can help you spot more appealing prices on the drivers you’re interested in.
Anytime a NASCAR race is scheduled to go off, you’ll find odds on how things will play out at online sportsbooks. Trying to pick out the winner of the race can be fun and potentially profitable, but that’s not all there is to see here.
These are the most popular NASCAR bet types and how they work.
In advance of the race, there will be odds listed for all drivers scheduled to compete. Your job is to pick which one you think will win. While that can be challenging, the rewards can also be solid, and you can always spread the risk out with multiple picks.
If you have a good feel for a driver at a specific event, you can cover even more bases by wagering on them to be among the top finishers. This is another bet in which you can spread the love around with several drivers you’re feeling good about.
There’s also a moneyline betting element to NASCAR. Sportsbooks will pit together drivers in head-to-head or group matchups. You get to decide which one will perform the best. This is a great way to ramp up the excitement beyond just picking who will win.
These side wagers you can place on the race itself. If you click through on the race listing at online and mobile sportsbooks, additional markets will be revealed. Options may vary, but choices can include:
The futures market for NASCAR works similar to a bet for the outright winner of a race. There will be odds listed out for all drivers in the field, and you get to make your calls around the winner. Futures are reserved for top events such as:
When the races get underway, you can keep on betting right along in real-time. Live betting can help enhance the enjoyment of the race, and it can be potentially profitable to boot. You might see NASCAR race odds for things like:
In short, you won’t be lacking options with NASCAR betting. When starting, it’s helpful to focus on a bet type or two before trying to tackle the whole field. As your skills advance, you can try out even more. Before too long, you’ll know which ones make the most sense for you and your betting style.
The NASCAR season gets underway in February and typically wraps up in late October or early November. That translates into racing action nearly every weekend for the majority of the year. The first signature event is the legendary Daytona 500, while things wrap up with the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs where the season-long champion is crowned.
In total, there are around 40 races. At each one, drivers earn points based on how they fare. Points are racked up based on the finishing position. The winner of the race gets the most, followed by second place, and so on down the line. Points can also be earned for specific achievements during a race, such as the fastest lap time.
In short, every race on the docket means something. Once 10 races are remaining in the season, the Top 16 in the standings advance to the playoffs. The remaining set is structured into tiers with four drivers eliminated after each of three sets of events. For the final race, it’s just four drivers competing for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship.
Each NASCAR race attracts plenty of wagering action, but some will naturally receive more attention than others. The biggest highlights on the circuit are several signature races, each of which has a significant amount of history attached.
Here’s a peek at the races you’ll want to have circled on your calendar.
If you were only going to bet on five races, the ones above are the ones to zero in on. Once you get up to speed with NASCAR, there’s a good chance you’ll want to go much deeper than that. Here’s another handful of key races and the details.
All sportsbooks have rules on the road to follow. Known as house rules, they cover what you need to know from a betting perspective on NASCAR and other sports. The main points revolve around bet placement and settlement, but they also cover various other circumstances. Here are the basic points to keep in mind.
That covers the majority of the biggest points, but still, take the time to review the rules at the books you play on. For example, you’ll want to see how things are handled for drivers that begin a race but fail to finish. Most sportsbooks have a dedicated section for house rules, while others include them in the help or FAQ sections.
While NASCAR is a unique sport, those who have taken the time to get up to speed on handicapping elsewhere can make some headway with a little effort. You can lean on many of the principles you have already learned and apply them here. Here are three tips that can help you make some marked progress in a hurry.
It can take some time to get the hang of betting on NASCAR, so take it slow by focusing on a bet type or two out of the gate. Once you’ve learned and felt comfortable with your selections, you can always broaden your horizons. If you take a measured approach and put in the effort, success may very well follow.
The NASCAR Cup Series traces its roots back to 1949. The growth since that time is nothing short of phenomenal. Improvements in automotive technology have been fascinating to watch. What was once a niche sport for stock car enthusiasts has grown into big business with finely-tuned machines taking center stage.
Just 34 different drivers have won the season-long title, while 16 have earned multiple crowns. Here’s the complete list of multiple winners.
Consecutive wins have been a tough trick to turn. To date, just 10 drivers have done so with one at the top of the list for a historic run after the turn of the century.
Richard Petty won in consecutive seasons twice, while Earnhardt managed to do it three times. Since Johnson’s run came to an end in 2010, he has added on two more. No driver has won back-to-back crowns in recent times. Kyle Busch won a pair of separate titles in 2015 and 2019, while Chase Elliott is the defending champ heading into the 2021 campaign.