About The Sprint Cup Series
asts a few months, the NBA goes for about half the year, and even baseball, with 160 games plus the playoffs, still only lasts around 7 months. The NASCAR season, however, lasts 9 months out of the year, and just when you think you've seen the last race, Daytona is right around the corner. Of course, many people have different reasons for watching, like the gamblers out there. They may also enjoy the everyday minutia of racing, but they definitely have rooting interests.
Known as just the “Cup Series” by many, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is the current incarnation of what used to be the Winston Cup Series. It has been part of America's makeup since 1949, and the Daytona 500 has been the series' inaugural race since 1982. So, the history of NASCAR isn't as storied as other sporting leagues out there, but there is still some rich history. Car racing in general got its start during prohibition, when bootleggers used to have to make modifications to their cars to outrun agents when delivering moonshine. This quickly evolved into a sport, and legends like Richard Petty catapulted NASCAR to great heights. Today's Sprint Cup takes place over 36 races, wherein drivers work to accumulate points by winning races and leading laps. Toward the end of the year, those within shouting distance of the points lead take place in The Chase – which is essentially a NASCAR playoff that still features the entire field, but only Chase participants are eligible for championship points.
Each race starts out with a model of 43 cars, which means 43 individual pit crews on pit road and 43 different spotters around the stadium. Most races run a minimum of 200 laps; some courses are incredibly long and rugged, like road courses, so they're usually shorter. NASCAR attracts a lot of fans for a lot of reasons, and also a lot of gamblers for some very obvious reasons.
Reading And Understanding The Betting Odds For Who Will Win the 2018 Sprint Cup Title
NASCAR betting odds are pretty straightforward. You are simply betting on a specific driver to win a particular race. There could be other types of wagers like props that change pending the race, but prop offerings depend on the site you are using. In most cases, bettors can make a money line style wager on one driver to win.
When trying to determine the best options for wagering on the Sprint Cup, you simply have to look at what the sportsbooks are putting out. Specifically, keep an eye on the (+) and (-) minus signs attached to drivers as well as the dollar amount. Below is a list of the top 10 drivers expected to win the Sprint Cup Series:
Kevin Harvick +300
- Kyle Busch +475
- Martin Truex Jr. +475
- Kyle Larson +625
- Chase Elliot +800
- Brad Keselowski +900
- Joey Logano +1000
- Jimmie Johnson +1200
- Denny Hamlin +1800
- Ryan Blaney +2000
As you can see, the dollar valuations attached to each driver increases as you move down the oddsmakers’ list. Harvick’s +300 line makes him the favorite, and bettors must wager $100 to win $300 (if Harvick ends up winning). If you decide to take a chance on a driver like Denny Hamlin, who is much lower down on the list, a winning bet will return a much nicer profit—$100 will win you $1800. Understanding the odds can drastically affect how you lay out your betting plan for NASCAR races. It is also important to follow along with drivers as the NASCAR season progresses so you can see how drivers are performing week after week. Keep in mind you can also bet on props in races once you get a feel for how the odds work. Remember that the lowest odds means the favorite driver. Oddsmakers have been wrong plenty of times, but their projections are based on research. This is why we stress to keep up with research of your own to pick up on trends or signs of which driver will break through.