Understanding NASCAR Odds at SBG Global

November 30, 2010 Auto Racing

NASCAR odds are popping up all over the place due to the rising popularity of the sport.

Let’s look at the two main betting options in regards to NASCAR odds so you understand how to bet them. NASCAR odds have two main betting options, betting on a driver to win the race of the week or betting the matchups on the NASCAR odds board.  Let’s look at both of these choices.

You will see NASCAR betting odds on each driver to win the race and they will usually be listed from about 5-1 to 100-1 or more.  You may not see every one of the 43 drivers listed. 

You might just see the top 25 or so with the other 18 in the “field.”  NASCAR odds on a driver to win the race are based on the top drivers, their records, stats and popularity with the betting public.  NASCAR odds are also adjusted after qualifying for the race takes place.

The second option on the NASCAR odds board is the one that gets the most attention.  It is a matchup and will have one driver versus another on the NASCAR betting odds board.    For example, you might have a matchup like this on the NASCAR betting odds board:

Dale Earnhardt Jr.            -110
Tony Stewart                  -110

Sportsbooks put up a variety of matchups on the NASCAR odds board for each race.  In this example you are risking $110 to win $100 or the $11 to $10 equivalent. If you are considering NASCAR odds each week then you will want to look at matchups.  It is definitely easier to pick one driver to beat another driver than it is to pick one driver to beat 42 others.

NASCAR odds on the matchups will oftentimes be adjusted after qualifying and practices.  If a driver struggles in qualifying his NASCAR odds to win the race will rise as will the price on his matchup.  The same thing applies if a driver qualifies well.  His NASCAR betting odds will go down as will the price on his matchup.

Take a look at both of these options as you bet NASCAR races this season.  If you are looking for the big score then betting a driver to win the race might be for you. If you are looking for something that is a bit easier then the matchups may be your choice.

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