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 know about NASCAR betting odds at legal online sportsbooks in Massachusetts.
Best NASCAR betting sites in Massachusetts
NASCAR odds are available at most online sportsbooks, usually under the “motorsports” tab. These are a few of the best sportsbooks when it comes to NASCAR betting:
Boston’s DraftKings Sportsbook is one of NASCAR’s Authorized Gaming Partners. That means it can access the NASCAR/BetGenius official sportsbook data product.
This allows it to take live bets on every lap of every single NASCAR race, including over 25 in-race bet types. DraftKings Sportsbook is also home to NASCAR futures markets and pre-race lines that include:
- Race Winner
- Pole Position (Best In Qualifying)
- Head-to-Head Matchups and Groups
- Podium (Top 3)/Top 5/Top 10
- Manufacturer (Race winner)
- Stage Winners
- Fastest Lap
- NASCAR Props (Over/Unders including Crashes, Caution Flags, Driver Finishing Position, Cars Finishing, Lead Changes, and Race Leader Laps)
DraftKings offers all this with truly functional NASCAR betting software, a betting app full of features and access to live NASCAR betting markets, and NASCAR odds boosts and promos.
Added up, DraftKings delivers one of the most comprehensive NASCAR betting experiences available in the state, including:
- More pre-race betting options than most
- More head-to-head matchups than most
- Easy-to-find futures
Caesars Sportsbook has never been officially named one of NASCAR’s Authorized Gaming Partners. However, BetGenius says 100% of major US sportsbooks use its official NASCAR data product, and Caesars is undoubtedly a major US sportsbook.
Caesars online sportsbook can and does take live bets on every lap in every NASCAR race, offers a complete NASCAR futures markets and access to the same pre-race lines that others have, including:
- Outright race winners
- Matchups and Groups
- Top 3/Top 5/Top 10 Finishing
- NASCAR Props from the number of Crashes, Caution Flags, and Lead Changes the number of Laps the winner leads
Caesars Sportsbook’s software is pretty basic, but that’s a good thing when it comes to betting on NASCAR. Its betting app features live NASCAR betting, and you can expect to find odds boosts on the top drivers in the biggest races.
All in all, Caesars isn’t all that far off from the comprehensive NASCAR betting experiences DraftKings delivers. Plus it boasts:
- Highly competitive NASCAR odds
- A full slate of live NASCAR betting options
- The chance to earn Caesars Rewards Points and Tier Points with every NASCAR bet
NASCAR betting is front and center at BetMGM. The sportsbook is a NASCAR partner and uses NASCAR/BetGenius data to settle all NASCAR bets.
BetMGM also takes live bets on NASCAR races, including offering the 25 different in-race bet types only the use of NASCAR/BetGenius data allows.
There’s a dedicated NASCAR tab at the top of the page at BetMGM. Under it you’ll find the chance to bet on:
- Race Winners
- Best In Qualifying
- Head-to-Head Matchups
- Group Matchups
- Finishing Position
- Stage Winners
- More NASCAR Props
BetMGM makes NASCAR markets special compared to other motorsports, and it’s home to any number of NASCAR odds boosts and promos throughout the racing season.
If DraftKings is the most comprehensive NASCAR betting experience available in Massachusetts, BetMGM is 1a. Top NASCAR betting features on the platform include:
- More NASCAR prop options
- Dedicated NASCAR tab
- Varied group and head-to-head NASCAR race betting
FanDuel Sportsbook pretty much sticks to the basics when it comes to pre-race NASCAR betting options. That means the betting options ahead of most NASCAR races won’t include much more than:
- Outright Race Winners
- NASCAR Cup Series Championship Futures
- Limited NASCAR Props
However, that list has been known to expand for big races like the Daytona 500. Plus, FanDuel is a NASCAR partner, uses NASCAR/BetGenius data, and goes even beyond the in-race bet types when it comes to live NASCAR betting options.
It’s easy to find your way around FanDuel Sportsbook’s software, which means you’ll always be able to find the odds for every driver in a NASCAR field. The mobile app is great and that large list of live NASCAR betting markets is always a tap away.
FanDuel Sportsbook may not be the most comprehensive NASCAR betting experience around, but it could very well be the easiest to use. Notable features include:
- More up-to-date live NASCAR odds
- Easy to find and competitive NASCAR odds
- Bigger board for the biggest races
WynnBET is an Authorized Gaming Operator of NASCAR and collaborates with NASCAR to create and promote an engaging sports betting experience for NASCAR fans on its platform.
This sportsbook combines unique NASCAR betting products, one-of-a-kind NASCAR betting experiences, and unique social betting mechanics to create its top-notch NASCAR betting user experience.
It is also the Official Online Sportsbook of the Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway NASCAR tracks in Virginia. That means the WynnBET NASCAR experience is available online and at two of the most popular NASCAR facilities in the country.
WynnBET offers a big variety of pre-race and in-play NASCAR betting markets in Massachusetts, including;
- Top-finishing drivers
- Driver matchups
- Stage winners
- Winning car
- Over/Under NASCAR props
- Live, in-play betting (Genius/NASCAR)
WynnBET leverages its NASCAR partnership and local connection to the retail sportsbook at Encore Boston Harbor to deliver a NASCAR betting experience that includes:
- All Genius/NASCAR data live betting options
- Fan engagement opportunities at Encore Boston Harbor
- Up-to-the-minute and competitive NASCAR odds
While we can’t know for sure what will be part of Fanatics Sportsbook, we expect you’ll be able to bet on NASCAR futures, live odds and a wide range of pre-race markets.
The odds on NASCAR futures are highly competitive as are the pre-race markets, which usually include:
- Race Lines
- Stage Lines
- Matchups and Group Odds
- NASCAR Props
How to read NASCAR betting odds
When it comes to individual NASCAR races, here are the most popular wagering options on MA 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
Massachusetts online sportsbooks 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.