This year West Virginia sports betting offers sports bettors an opportunity to bet on NASCAR for the first time.
While increased wagering on races is definitely in the cards with more states allowing sports betting, a new NASCAR initiative has thrown a wrench into the system when it comes to payouts for winners.
NASCAR to “change the culture” with post-race inspections
This year, NASCAR will be conducting a mandatory 90-minute post-race inspection of winners and is getting serious about teams violating rules.
Winners failing any part of the inspection can have the win revoked and lose points and benefits from the victory.
NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer recently told NBC Sports:
“We’re changing the culture. We’ve tried to do one way, and it hasn’t worked.”
Along with the winner, NASCAR plans on inspecting the runner-up and a car at random, although many in the industry expect it to be the third-place finisher. The circuit is hoping to put an end to a trend of post-race car violations.
In 2018, Kevin Harvick failed inspections twice after winning races in Las Vegas and Texas. The new policy would have stripped Harvick, who finished third in the standings, of those victories, points, and money. No doubt plenty of teams will be extra careful this season with so much on the line.
NASCAR’s post-race inspections will delay paying winning bets
The new inspection process adds some nervous waiting for not only the winner of each race but also those who placed bets on the winner.
With up to an hour and a half before an official winner is announced, bettors will have to wait to cash those tickets or see that winning bet credited on their mobile account.
While those in the industry expect to see added interest in NASCAR wagering, the inspection delay could make for some interesting dynamics, and some frustrated bettors should a “winner” be relegated to the back of the pack after failing an inspection.
Mattias Stetz, the COO for Rush Street Interactive (operator of PlaySugarHouse) told NBC Sports the inspection delay could be a challenge in terms of affecting overall handle for NASCAR events.
Stetz theorizes some bettors may skip NASCAR wagering altogether because of the added wait time if one does indeed score a winner, but is happy to see the circuit focusing on the integrity of the sport.
Stetz commented about the company’s priority of fast payouts:
“One of our top priorities as a company is reliable and fast payouts to customers. The longer we have to wait for data, the harder it is for us to serve our customers.
“So yes, it’s better for NASCAR and all sporting events to be made official in a reasonably fast manner, as long as the accuracy of the judgment is not in question. It makes payout decisions easier and makes our customer experience more enjoyable.”
So while race fans may be accustomed to plenty of speed on the track, they may have to be patient when it comes to betting on the race. It could be a nerve-wracking 90 minutes for those with “winning” tickets.
And if you’re holding a betting slip on the second-place finisher, it might be a good idea to wait and see.
WV sports betting on NASCAR revs up
Fans at last fall’s Gander Outdoors 400 at the Dover International Speedway in Delaware experienced all the sites and sounds of stock car racing: the rumble of the engines, the smell of burnt rubber, and the waving of the checkered flag.
But when Chase Elliot crossed the finish line in his No. 9 NAPA car, some received an added experience – cashing a winning ticket at the betting window.
The track became the first and only in the nation with on-site betting after Delaware legalized sports betting.
In anticipation of race fans looking for some action, Dover Downs Hotel and Casino placed a betting kiosk on site. Dropping a few dollars on the race seemed popular, and the Associated Press noted that the “white tent was nearly as popular a stop as a selfie in front of the Monster Mile and the track will bring it back for the May race.”
The chase for the Monster Energy Cup cranks up with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, and the Can-Am Duels set for Thursday night.
Sports bettors have the chance to get in on the action by wagering on the BetLucky mobile app within the state or via one of the West Virginia sportsbooks:
- Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races
- Mountaineer Casino
- Wheeling Island Hotel
- Mardi Gras Casino
- The Greenbrier
That includes races in neighboring Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania – as long as those bets are placed within West Virginia state lines.
Betting the Daytona 500 in WV
Got your fire suit ready for Sunday’s Daytona 500? Here’s a look at some of the names to check out when placing that wager, with odds courtesy of BetLucky.
- Driver Daytona 500
- Joey Logano +800
- Brad Keselowski +800
- Chase Elliot +800
- Kevin Harvick +1000
- Aric Almirola +1000
- Clint Bowyer +1200
- Kyle Busch +1200
- Denny Hamlin +1200
- Ryan Blaney +1200
- Alex Bowman +1200
- William Byron +1200
- Field (any other driver) +1200
- Daniel Suarez +1500
- Martin Truex Jr. +1500
- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +1500
- Erik Jones +1800
- Jimmie Johnson +1800
- Kyle Larson +2000
- Austin Dillon +2000