NASCAR wants to welcome fans to bet on its races

NASCAR wants to welcome fans to bet on its races

September 16, 2018 7:11 AM
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This weekend’s South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR’s playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway continues to call attention to the sports desire to welcome fans to bet on its races.

“I think it would be a bonus for the sport to have the betting interest in (it),” former driver and current NBC analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. told USA TODAY Sports. “I think it would create more excitement, bring more attention, more people in attendance. I can see it having a ton of positives.”

Sunday’s South Point 400 begins NASCAR playoff series of races as the sport continues seek ways to boost interest and appeal to a wider audience. With federal sports wagering laws having been significantly altered in May with the Supreme Court overturning the law than banned Nevada-style sports betting in all other states, the idea of on-track gaming has been consistently proposed.

There is a unified consensus of opinion in the NASCAR community that betting on its races, not just in Nevada, but around the country could help grow the sport, according to USA TODAY Sports.

Christopher Bell is the 9/4 favorite (as of Friday morning) in the Xfinity race on Saturday and Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick the 11/4 co-favorites (as of Friday morning) in the South Point 400, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs race on Sunday.