Massachusetts doesn’t allow sports betting yet, but it might in the near future. If that happens, it would bring legal NASCAR betting to the state. There isn’t a dedicated NASCAR stop in Massachusetts, but there are races in neighboring states if you have the itch to see a live one.
NASCAR offers races almost every weekend, so there are a ton of betting options week-after-week. Betting on NASCAR is becoming quite popular, and the increase in options means that there’s more to know. Here’s what to keep in mind about NASCAR betting odds in case online sportsbooks become legal in MA.
Best potential NASCAR betting sites in MA
NASCAR odds are available at most online sportsbooks, often under the “motorsports” tab. These are a few of the best sportsbooks when it comes to NASCAR betting:
BetMGM is one of the most accessible sportsbooks for NASCAR betting. Here’s what the BetMGM Sportsbook app offers:
- More prop options than many competitors.
- Dedicated NASCAR tab at the top of the page.
- Driver vs. group options.
DraftKings strikes a good balance between variety of odds and a nice layout and design. Here are some outstanding features of the DraftKings Massachusetts Sportsbook app:
- Some of the most pre-race betting options.
- Also some of the most head-to-head matchups.
- Very easy to find futures betting options.
While FanDuel may be behind some other books in options, especially for the less prestigious races, it’s excellent when it comes to live odds. Here are a couple of the best FanDuel Sportsbook features:
- Up-to-date live odds.
- Easiest to find the entire field for outright winners.
How to read NASCAR betting odds
When it comes to individual NASCAR races, here are the most popular wagering options on sports betting apps:
- Race winner: Bet on the driver you believe will take the checkered flag. Because there are so many drivers, even the favorites will often have good odds going into a race.
- Top three/top five: Picking a driver to finish on the podium is another way to refer to the top three or top five. Generally, these bets will have smaller odds than the race winner because there’s a greater chance to win the bet.
- Pole position: Pick the driver you believe will have the fastest time in qualifying.
- Lap times: Bet on who will have the fastest lap or pick over/under for the quickest lap time in the race.
- Driver head-to-head matchups: Sportsbooks will pit two drivers against each other, and you can bet on which driver will finish in the higher position.
- Driver vs. group matchup: Similar to head-to-head driver bets, you pick a driver who will finish best among a predetermined group of competitors.
NASCAR prop bets
You can also find a selection of props for NASCAR races:
- How many crashes: The book will set an over/under line on the number of crashes.
- Which manufacturer will win: A bet on the maker of the winning car. Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota are usually the top choices.
- Number of caution flags: Set as an over/under. Caution flags deploy for on-track emergencies.
- How many racers will finish the race? Typically an over/under.
- How many lead changes? An over/under option on the number of times first place changes hands.
- Who will hold the lead for the most laps? The driver you pick doesn’t need to win the race, just hold the lead at the end of the most laps.
Bet on live NASCAR races
Most of the betting options available before the race starts are available during it, as well, with updated odds as the race progresses. Options such as winner, head-to-head and top-five finish will evolve depending on how the race is going. NASCAR has a deal with Genius Sports that allows Genius to supply sportsbooks with data and help optimize betting options available in real time.
Betting on NASCAR futures
When you bet on NASCAR futures, you’re looking ahead to the outcomes of a full season of racing. Futures odds update as the season goes on, but if your bet wins, you’ll get paid at what the odds were when you wagered. NASCAR betting lines are usually better at the beginning of the season, and they drop as drivers establish themselves as contenders.
Betting on which driver will win the NASCAR Championship
Taking a driver to win the NASCAR Championship means your pick will have to qualify for the playoffs, be in the final four entering the NASCAR Cup Series Championship and then win that race.
The top 16 drivers in the Cup Series make the playoffs. If fewer than 16 drivers have a race win, the highest point earners will fill the rest of the spots. The top point-getter for the regular season can miss the playoffs if that driver has no race wins.
Four drivers are eliminated after every three races in the playoffs until there is a final four. Those four then square off in a single race to crown the champion.
Betting on which driver will earn the most points
Drivers earn points at various stages of the races in which they compete — the first two stages of a race award points to the top 10 drivers. Most races have three stages, with the third stage awarding points to the top 40 and 40 points to the winner.
Betting on which driver will have the most wins
Pick the driver you think will take the most checkered flags throughout the season. The odds for this update frequently as the season progresses. Like other bets, the odds you bet on are the odds you’ll receive at the payout, and they tend to drop for the drivers that are performing well.
What are the big NASCAR races and series to bet on?
While there are races taking place nearly every week, some are more marquee than others. Here are some of the big ones:
- Busch Clash at Daytona: The first race of the season, it occurs in early February at Daytona Road Course in Daytona Beach, Florida.
- Daytona 500: Arguably the most famous race, it usually takes place at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach around mid-February.
- NASCAR All-Star Race: A race in May featuring the most successful drivers. The course varies.
- Coca-Cola 600: Takes place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the end of May and is the longest race of the season.
- Coke Zero Sugar 400: The final race of the regular season; also occurs at Daytona International Speedway.
- NASCAR Champions Series: Happens in Avondale, Arizona, at Phoenix Raceway and is the championship race.
NASCAR odds and lines
Futures odds for NASCAR come out right after the previous season ends. Sportsbooks release each race’s odds on the Monday before the race during the season. Odds for the first race of the season are usually available weeks in advance.
Odds depend on performance trends, along with drivers’ current positions in the standings. Again, NASCAR lines and betting odds are ever-changing, so it’s best to check frequently.
Sportsbook rules for betting on NASCAR
If online sportsbooks launch in Massachusetts, they will have their own specific rules for every sport, with potential subtle differences that may impact bettors. It’s best to be familiar with your specific book wherever you’re betting. However, some rules tend to apply everywhere. Here are some of the standard sportsbook rules for NASCAR betting:
- Postponement: In the event of a postponement, the sportsbook will void all bets if the race doesn’t occur within 48 hours.
- Disqualifications: All DQs generally count unless they occur over 30 minutes after completing the race.
- Head-to-head: Both drivers must start the race for action, and the wager is on the driver, not the car or team.
- Winners: The official winner will stand even if NASCAR determines the winner of a race that ended early.