The 2020 NASCAR season wraps up Sunday in Arizona, which for motor racing fans, means there’s one last weekend of action this year. NASCAR Championship betting at Iowa sportsbooks could augment that enjoyment.
While all the IA sportsbook operators offer action for the event, they have diverse opinions on who is the favorite for the race. That means some great opportunities for bettors.
NASCAR Championship betting odds
As of early Friday, several Iowa sportsbooks ranked their picks to take the checkered flag on Sunday differently. The race at Phoenix Raceway begins at 2 p.m. CST on NBC.
|Sportsbook||Shortest odds||Second-shortest odds||Third-shortest odds|
|DraftKings||Kevin Harvick +400||Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski +450||Joey Logano +500|
|FanDuel||Kevin Harvick +310||Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch +600||Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney +800|
|William Hill||Denny Hamlin +300||Brad Keselowski +350||Kevin Harvick +400|
For bettors who prioritize prior performance on tracks, it’s hard to argue with the records of these drivers at Phoenix. For example, Ryan Blaney has two third-place finishes at Phoenix, most recently last fall.
Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano all have wins on this track on their resumes. Hamlin has done so most recently, just about a year ago.
However, when it comes to recent form, it’s hard to ignore Logano’s performance during the NASCAR playoffs. It’s also worth noting that before he scored his most recent win at Kansas Speedway, his previous victory came at Phoenix this spring.
The same goes for Brad Keselowski. Since the restart in May, Keselowski comes to Phoenix with four victories and he has led in seven of nine playoff races.
If you find it hard to separate a clear winner, the sportsbooks feel your pain. Fortunately, you don’t really have to do so if you’re not feeling confident there.
Other ways to bet Sunday
At both DraftKings and FanDuel, you can stake individual drivers to finish in either the top three or top 10. Harvick is +110 at DraftKings and +115 at FanDuel to finish in the top three, for example.
This can be a great way to get some action in on a long shot you think may outperform his expectations but not necessarily win. Matt Kenseth, who has won on this track twice, is +275 at DraftKings and +170 at FanDuel to finish in the top 10.
There are also props for this event. You can bet on the winning manufacturer at FanDuel, for which Ford is currently a +100 favorite. DraftKings offers a wider array, including:
- Stage winners
- Top car by manufacturer
- Best finish in group
- Grid position of winner
- Car number of winner
- Team of winner
While none of the aforementioned books are offering specific promos for this race, that may change between now and start time. Check on your relevant apps/websites for more information as race time approaches.
Naturally, the outcome of this race will go a long way toward deciding which driver and team claim the overall championship in the NASCAR Cup Series this year. You can still get some action down on that as well.
Odds for NASCAR Cup championship
As this Sunday represents the final race of the season, the field has dwindled considerably. In a fashion similar to the market for the winner of the Season Finale 500, the opinions vary.
|Sportsbook||Shortest odds||Second-shortest odds||Third-shortest odds||Fourth-shortest odds|
|DraftKings||Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski +250||Joey Logano +270||-||-|
|FanDuel||Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin +240||Joey Logano +270||Brad Keselowski +310||-|
|PointsBet||Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin +240||Joey Logano +260||Brad Keselowski +300||-|
|William Hill||Denny Hamlin +225||Chase Elliott +275||Brad Keselowski +280||Joey Logano +300|
Regardless of who wins, the race should be exciting. Clever NASCAR bets would give fans who backed certain drivers another reason to celebrate the end of the season.