Everything matters more.
After a two-month absence, NASCAR roared back into action last Sunday with the Real Heroes 400 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. And the excitement provided by the return of live racing was obvious.
FOX Business reported that the race drew an average of 6.32 million viewers – a 38 percent increase over the last live NASCAR race held on March 8. And according to a news release from BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse, the betting handle on the Real Heroes 400 was about twice that of a typical race.
NASCAR quenching the thirst for sports
Clearly, people are hungry for more sports. And NASCAR has been providing plenty, with three more Cup Series races scheduled before the end of the month.
Next up is the big one, the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte – the longest race on NASCAR’s schedule. The race, which was formerly known as the World 600 when it began in 1960, will be broadcast this Sunday at 6 p.m. on FOX.
And in this week’s installment of Penn Sportsbooks‘ Pick Play, we’ll get you ready for all the racing action with an in-depth look at all the available bets at your favorite PA sports betting apps.
Kyle Busch is the betting favorite for the Coca-Cola 600
Kyle Busch, who finished second in Wednesday’s Toyota 500 Cup race, is the favorite to win Sunday’s race according to our regional sportsbooks. Busch is +400 at FOX Bet, +430 at FanDuel, and +550 at BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse, revealing some different pricing that should encourage bettors to shop around.
DraftKings Sportsbook also has Busch as the favorite at +550, with his Top 3 price listed as +150 and his Top 10 price set at -286. Behind Busch, DraftKings has Kevin Harvick (+600) and Martin Truex (+600) as the next favorites to win, followed by Brad Keselowski (+800), Joey Logano (+800), and Chase Elliott (+900), who finished fourth in last Sunday’s race.
The rest of the top 15 and their odds to win at DraftKings are as follows:
- Denny Hamlin (+900)
- Alex Bowman (+1600)
- Jimmie Johnson (+1600)
- William Byron (+2200)
- Ryan Blaney (+2500)
- Clint Bowyer (+2500)
- Kurt Busch (+2500)
- Erik Jones (+2500)
- Ricky Stenhouse (+3300)
BetRivers/PlaySugarHouse have odds available on Top 3 finishes, head-to-head and group betting
If you’re looking to wager on something beyond the winner of Sunday’s race, BetRivers and PlaySugarHouse have a wealth of betting options. The sportsbooks have pricing available for Top 3 finishes, some head-to-head bets that return -115 odds and other wagers based on drivers placed in tiers.
There is also an option to wager on the winning team of Sunday’s race. Joe Gibbs Racing is the favorite at +160. Hendrick Motorsports is +325. Stewart-Haas Racing and Team Penske are both +400.
More Cup Series racing and betting options to come
Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 continues a busy month for NASCAR, with plenty more up ahead.
On Monday, the Alsco 300 Xfinity Series race takes over the track at 7:30 p.m. on FS1. A day later, the N.C. Education Lottery 200, a Truck Series race, will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. on FS1. And a NASCAR Cup Series 500-kilometer race is scheduled for Wednesday at 8 p.m. on FS1. Betting odds should be available for Wednesday’s race soon.
Racing fans who made it through two months with little live action whatsoever, will now have plenty to watch. And you can’t blame them for being excited.
Right now, everything matters more.