While Louisiana may have only hosted one race in NASCAR’s premier Cup Series – won by Lee Petty at Shreveport’s Louisiana Fairgrounds on June 7, 1953 – that doesn’t mean there isn’t a passion for stock car racing in the bayou. And with retail sports betting offered at nine casinos, with more on the way, and soon to be offered online as well, race fans can begin planning their bets for the upcoming season.
Where Can You Bet On NASCAR In Louisiana
The 2022 NASCAR season will be the first opportunity most have to place bets at sportsbooks in Louisiana as the 2021 season ended on Nov. 8, at which point just four casinos in the state had opened their sportsbooks. With additional casinos having been approved since the season ended, and with more approvals pending, the number of casinos able to take bets will continue to grow. Mobile sports betting, expected to begin in early 2022, will provide additional avenues for placing wagers on NASCAR.
Online Betting Options In Louisiana
DraftKings offers betting on outright race winners, various prop bets, and future bets on NASCAR. DraftKings is offering a pre-launch promo worth $100 in free bets when signing up for an account in Louisiana. And with a promo code, you can also get a deposit bonus of up to $1,000 for signing up. Claim DraftKings promo with our exclusive link.
Caesars may not have the most NASCAR offerings available, but currently is offering odds on the Daytona 500 (where three-time winner Denny Hamlin is the favorite) and on the 2022 Cup Series champion (where defending champion Kyle Larson is the favorite). If you register before online betting goes live in the state, you’ll earn a $100 free bet the day the site goes live. Caesars will also currently match the first bet of new registrants up to $1,001. Claim the offer with our Caesars promo code: SHARPBET.
Betting on outright race winners and picking a driver to have a top-three (podium) finish are among the options available on FanDuel. A pre-launch promo offers $100 in free credits and a risk-free first bet of up to $1,000 is also offered to those signing up for a FanDuel account. Claim the offer with our FanDuel link here.
Retail Sportsbooks Where You Can Bet On NASCAR In Louisiana
At Boomtown New Orleans, the retail sports betting venue, called “The Sportsbook,” is located near the main valet entrance. The Sportsbook is highlighted by viewing stations, odds-displays monitors, and plenty of 65-inch, or larger, HDTVs to watch live events.
Harrah’s New Orleans was one of the first sportsbooks to go live in the state via the Caesars Sportsbook Counter. In addition to the full-service counter, kiosks are available 24 hours a day.
The L’auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge offers a sportsbook as well as more than 20 kiosks. There are two locations for the sportsbook, the first being on the casino floor. That location is open daily, while the Promenade location is available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
NASCAR Cup Series Schedule 2022
NASCAR provides bettors in Louisiana 38 opportunities a season to wager on their favorite driver, or whomever they believe will win that weekend. There are 36 points races, including the 10-race playoffs, in addition to a pair of non-points events.
NASCAR’s schedule sees it make stops across the country from California to Florida to Texas and New Hampshire and plenty of points in between. Venues range from road courses to gleaming palaces including luxury suites and a few even boast condominiums for those who always want to be close to the track.
Tracks vary in shapes and size, from the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway to the .526-mile Martinsville Speedway. Banking varies from track to track and while most tracks are surfaced with asphalt, there are several concrete surfaces and Bristol Motor Speedway covers its concrete with dirt for one race.
Keen bettors know that particular layouts fit certain drivers the best and place their wagers accordingly. One wildcard event for bettors will be at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway as the track in Madison, Illinois will host its inaugural Cup Series race on June 5.
The season begins on Feb. 6, 2022, with a non-points race on a purpose-built track inside the venerable LA Coliseum. The first points race is also the biggest race of the season, the Feb. 20 Daytona 500. The complete Cup Series schedule is available here.
- Teams are spending the offseason preparing for the debut of the “Next Gen” chassis that will revolutionize the Cup Series. Instead of teams building their own chassis, the parts and pieces will come from centralized distributors, a move NASCAR hopes will lower costs and even the playing field, giving teams will smaller budgets a chance to compete with well-established teams that have spent millions of dollars searching for the slightest edge.
- Brad Keselowski has left Team Penske, where he won the 2012 Cup Series title, to become an owner-driver for the organization previously known as Roush-Fenway Racing. The team is now known as Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing and Brad is hoping an influx of new ideas will reinvigorate a team that once was a dominant force.
- Former Cup Series champion Kurt Busch has moved to 23XI Racing, which is expanding to a two-car team for 2022. The team is co-owned by former NBA great and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and current Cup Series star Denny Hamlin. In its debut season in 2021, 23XI earned one victory with Bubba Wallace driving the No. 23 Toyota. Busch will drive the No. 45 Camry, with the team’s car numbers mirroring Jordan’s jersey numbers with the Chicago Bulls.
- At least four drivers will be making the full-time move to the Cup Series in 2022 as Austin Cindric (Team Penske), Harrison Burton (Wood Brothers Racing), and Todd Gilliland (Front Row Motorsports) join established teams. Justin Haley makes the full-time move with Kaulig Racing, which will field a full-time Cup team for the first time. Veteran Ty Dillon, who didn’t have a full-time ride in 2021, returns for the full schedule with GMS Racing, which is also fielding a full-time Cup entry for the first time.
How NASCAR Betting Odds Are Determined
There are many factors oddsmakers take into consideration before setting the odds for a given race, or for the season championship.
While the introduction of the “Next Gen” car theoretically places drivers on something akin to a more even playing field, a driver’s raw talent is at the top of the list when the oddsmakers are studying the next race on the schedule. If a top-tier driver is paired with a top-tier team, he’ll likely have low odds to win compared to a talented driver who may be driving for a team without a proven track record.
Other factors to consider are if the particular track fits a driver’s strength, or if it’s the type of layout where they’ve struggled in the past.
NASCAR Betting Options – Types Of Bets
The most common betting option is to pick the race winner and oddsmakers provide specific odds on the top contenders each week. Caesars Sportsbook offers odds on 25 individual drivers for February’s Daytona 500, while the remaining drivers who will make up the field of 36 to 40 cars will be offered as part of the “Field.”
Some sites offer head-to-head matchups similar to those found in golf. A bettor selects one of the two drivers and wins their wager if their chosen driver finishes ahead of their competitor. NASCAR.com makes it easy to compare how drivers have faired head-to-head versus another driver at any track on the circuit.
Depending on the sportsbook, you may also have the opportunity to select a driver to finish on the podium (a top-three finish) or in the top five or top 10.
NASCAR Props Bets
Depending on the sportsbook, there may be a range of prop bets available for a given race. Prop bets may involve picking the over/under on the number of caution flags that slow and event to picking the over/under on the winning car number.
Other options could include picking which manufacturer wins the event between Chevrolet, Ford, or Toyota. Searching the sportsbooks will help you find the prop bets that will enhance your enjoyment of that weekend’s race.
NASCAR Futures Odds
Think you know who will be celebrating the 2022 Cup Series championship in Arizona next November? If so, you can get odds on that at your favorite Louisiana sportsbook. If you think Kyle Larson – currently the 2022 favorite at Caesars – is going to repeat, you’ll get the lowest odds at +250.
At the other end of the racing spectrum, Cole Custer and Chase Briscoe are both listed at +75000 to be celebrating the championship.
NASCAR Partners With BetMGM, WynnBet, Penn National Gaming, And BettorView
NASCAR’s multi-year deal with BetMGM includes in-race betting in addition to conventional pre-race odds. In-race betting debuted during the 2021 season and is an attractive option if you missed placing a wager before the race started, or if the driver you put money on was knocked from contention early in the event.
NASCAR’s partnership with WynnBET also includes in-race wagering options not to mention a number of prop bets. WynnBet is also planning lounges at a pair of tracks in Virginia, Martinsville Speedway, and Richmond Raceway. The lounges won’t include physical betting locations as the state is currently limited to mobile sports betting, but the lounges will be a great place to catch up on the odds and place a bet on your phone.
Penn Interactive, a subsidiary of Penn National Gaming, teamed with NASCAR in 2020, and in 2021, Penn National’s Barstool Sportsbook became the exclusive Sportsbook of Phoenix Raceway. Penn National also owns the Hollywood Casino located on-site at Kansas Speedway.
NASCAR partnered with BettorView in 2021 to begin delivering NASCAR content to venues located within legal online betting states. It was BettorView’s first partnership with a professional sports league. BettorView showcases customized NASCAR statistics, analytics, and odds at venues including bars, restaurants, stadiums, and NASCAR tracks in states where online betting is legal.
On the team side, Richard Childress Racing and BetMGM launched a partnership in 2021, making RCR the first team to have a gaming partner. Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick are RCR’s drivers in the Cup Series.
NASCAR Odds FAQs
Oddsmakers take numerous factors into consideration when setting the odds for that week’s race, and future odds on who will win the Cup Series championship in November. Previous seasons provide insight as to which drivers are good at certain tracks and a driver’s current results also provide oddsmakers with pertinent information.
Yes, NASCAR betting is legal in Louisiana as the first sportsbooks opened with just weeks remaining in the 2021 season. Additional casinos will have their sportsbooks open before the start of the 2022 NASCAR season and once online betting goes live there will be increased opportunities to bet on the sport in Louisiana.
NASCAR currently is considered to account for just 1% of the sports betting handle in the US, but that figure is likely to grow in coming years as more states legalize sports betting. NASCAR’s adaptation of in-race betting is another reason why its overall handle may increase going forward.
NASCAR’s Cup Series champion is determined at the season’s final race at Phoenix Raceway each November. Via a series of eliminations, the 16-driver playoff field is cut to four drivers entering the finale at Phoenix, with the top finisher of those four at Phoenix earning the championship. Futures bets on the champion are readily available.
Yes, DraftKings is legal in Louisiana and has a pre-launch bonus available for when mobile wagering goes live.
Yes. DraftKings is one of the sportsbooks offering odds on both individual races and the series champion.