Most U.K. punters are totally unfamiliar with NASCAR betting. When it comes to car racing, they are much
more likely to be betting on Formula 1 match ups. However, NASCAR betting is something that an
active sports investor won't want to neglect as there is enormous profit potential here.
To begin, one should get a grasp on the sport itself. While Formula 1 is more about the technical
superiority of the vehicles, NASCAR is a much more personality based franchise. This is not to say that
the vehicles themselves are not impressive specimens. It's just that the branding juggernaut is nearly
unstoppable with NASCAR so when betting on the sport it is helpful to take name recognition into
NASCAR is something of a family affair. It has its roots in the bootlegging that went on in America
during the 1920's, when official alcohol sales were forbidden. Naturally, since Americans love a pint as much as
their cousins across the pond, smuggling alcohol became quite the trade. The boys who did it needed to be
faster than the police who prevented it, so they developed a number of tricks with the cars to gain speed.
Fast and arrogant, they often pushed the pedal to the metal against each other to see who really owned the
fastest set of wheels and the swiftest set of reflexes. Dirt short tracks sprang up, followed by paved ovals.
Major racing sites were born in North Carolina, Ohio and Florida. Daytona, Talladega and the Indy 500 became
the biggest races around. Fathers passed down secrets for engines and shifting down to their sons, and some of
the biggest names now are second and third generation racers.
NASCAR betting is now based around the families and teams, with cars known by their number or their
sponsor. Drivers can change, but cars are generally owned by a franchise, making it possible to bet on the
vehicle separately from the driver in some cases, most notably the number 7 that belongs to Earnhart racing.
Common NASCAR betting practices are to bet on straight winners, podium finishes and lap times.
Danica Patrick, one of the few female race champions, also allows punters to do battle of the sexes bets.
Multiple elements of the same race can be bet upon, and spread betting for number and intensity of crashes
is also possible.
NASCAR betting is one of the highest volume and fastest growing non-football bets one can make.
The Americans are mad for it, so why not give it a try?
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