NASCAR Betting at Iowa Sportsbooks

How to bet NASCAR in Iowa, odds and predictions

In September 2006, the Iowa Speedway opened. 

NASCAR great Rusty Wallace helped design the track, which is patterned after the Richmond Raceway, where Wallace achieved great success. 

Its first race saw Woody Howard win the USAR Hooters Pro Cup series, with many other races to quickly follow, many under the NASCAR banner.

This guide to NASCAR in Iowa starts with an overview of the Iowa Speedway venue, as well as detailing the most significant NASCAR events that feature there. 

Next, we examine the type of bets you can place on NASCAR. Finally, you find where you can place NASCAR bets, both in-person and online.

How to bet on NASCAR in Iowa

You can bet on NASCAR in several ways at a variety of sportsbooks. Here is a rundown of the various bet types available:

  • Outright Race Betting: This is the most popular wager of all, where you’ll bet on the winner of an individual race. Just hope your driver doesn’t crash out early and hope that they are in the mix as you head into the final few laps.
  • Pole Position: Which drivers are the best qualifiers? Get your money down on those to take pole position on race weekend.
  • Fastest Lap Time: This can make for an entertaining bet, as your driver could feasibly post the quickest lap to the end.
  • Podium Finish: An excellent wager to place if you think a chosen driver will be in the shake-up at the end, but not necessarily win.
  • Driver Head to Heads: Choose from one of two drivers and hope they beat the other one.
  • Prop Bets: Proposition bets feature mostly around the biggest races of the year, such as the Daytona 500. You might find wagers on a driver to lead a certain number of laps, how many lead changes or which make of car will win.
  • Futures: The most popular futures bets in NASCAR are on the final destination of the championship. Which driver will win it all?

NASCAR sportsbooks in Iowa

Sports betting laws have changed dramatically in Iowa recently, which has seen the introduction of both retail and online sportsbooks in the state.

Virtually all of Iowa’s casinos now offer sports betting, and each will have an affiliated sportsbook. 

Having signed up at the casino, you’ll then be able to place a wager online via a desktop computer or mobile device

You can bet on national and international events from your Iowa sportsbook.  

Online sportsbooks have partnered with local casinos. 

William Hill and Elite Sports were the first to go live, with more brands to follow. Some online books are major international companies; others are joint ventures; for example, the partnership between The Stars Group and Fox Sports to create Fox Bet Sportsbook.

Betting online not only gives you the flexibility to wager from anywhere inside the state, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of many sports betting bonuses.

Current NASCAR events at the Iowa Speedway

There are currently three NASCAR races run at the Iowa Speedway annually: 250: This race is held annually in May or June. This race makes up part of the Xfinity Series, which is known as the minor league series in NASCAR. Circuit City 250 has been run annually since 2011. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. would win the first two events in 2011 and 2012. Sam Hornish Jr. is the only other multi-winner of the race, having passed the line first in 2014 and 2016.

US Cellular 250: This race is held annually in late July or early August. US Cellular 250 is also part of the Xfinity Series and has taken place every year since 2009. Brad Keselowski would win the inaugural race and with further successes in 2013 and 2014. Keselowski is the most successful driver in the history of the race.

M&M’s 250: This race is part of the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Mike Skinner won the inaugural race in 2009, while Timothy Peters (2012-13), Erik Jones (2014-15) and Brett Moffitt (2018-19) have all won back-to-back races. Moffitt will go for the three-peat in 2020.

Overview of the Iowa Speedway

Known as “the Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” the Iowa Speedway opened in 2006 at the cost of $70 million. 

The track features both a road course at 1.3 miles long and the oval at a distance of 0.875 miles, with all of the NASCAR action taking place on the longer circuit.

The first NASCAR action at Iowa Speedway featured the combined NASCAR Camping World East-West race. This race saw Joey Logano, at the age of 17 (from the Busch East Series), defeat Daytona 500 champions Kevin Harvick (who was representing the West Series) in an epic duel.