The GEICO 500 is a NASCAR race with a rich history that has helped to bring glory to both drivers and teams. Of course, with all the glory and constantly changing outcomes, the GEICO 500 is a race that draws its fair share of bettors.
Betting on the GEICO 500 can encompass a lot of things, including the position of certain drivers, the overall winner of the race and several other items. There’s a lot of things to bet on, and it’s a good race for beginning bettors and intermediate ones alike.
While New York doesn’t allow online sports betting at the moment, retail sportsbooks are already available in the state, and online sportsbooks could be on the way. In addition, online sportsbooks are legal and operating in nearby states like New Jersey. Should New York legalize online sports betting, some of those sportsbooks could be among the first to launch in the state.
All of these sportsbooks have proven to be among the best in the states where they’re legal, and could become top betting site options in New York, as well.
DraftKings offers daily fantasy sports as well as a sportsbook in legal states. The DraftKings app gives you a variety of options for betting, including NASCAR racing, and you will be able to bet on various scenarios that can happen during races.
The website is very easy to use, even if you are a beginner at betting on sports. Select the sport you want to bet on, and you’ll see current games and the various scenarios and bets available for that sport.
If you are still a bit unsure about your bets, DraftKings has frequent promos for new players, allowing you to try the sportsbook without risking your own money.
FanDuel is another successful sportsbook that began as a daily fantasy website. The FanDuel app offers multiple leagues and sports to bet on, including the NHL, NFL, NCAA and of course NASCAR. The sportsbook is not only a potential way to make some money betting on your favorite team, but it also offers a risk-free first bet to newcomers.
The risk-free bet goes up to $1,000 and will allow anyone to make a bet and test out the service with a bit of a safety net. It is a very beginner-friendly website, with a focus on showing people the ropes. Including when it comes to betting on NASCAR.
BetMGM has been connected to NASCAR since August of 2020, and this affiliation allows the sportsbook to promote not only sports betting, but NASCAR races, as well. The website has pre-race and live NASCAR betting options for sports fans, as well as being an all in one gambling website, with sports betting, poker and casino games. Depending on the state you are in, you will have access to some or all three of these items.
The BetMGM app and website are very easy to navigate and figure out, and you will soon be making bets without any trouble. New customers also can rest easy, as their first bet is risk-free up to $600. If your first wager loses, then BetMGM will refund it. If you end up succeeding, then you will simply be paid as normal.
PointsBet offers a variety of ways to make bets, with the most distinctive of them being the PointsBetting system. This allows you to win or lose more money depending on how right or wrong your bet is.
For example, if you bet that a football team is going to win by three points and it wins by 10, you will win seven times your stake. If the team instead loses by three points, you will lose six times your stake.
Here’s some information about the GEICO 500 to know before you place your bets.
Date: Sunday, April 25
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Talladega Superspeedway
Prize purse: $23.6 million
One of the simplest wagers is a bet on who will win the race. Sportsbooks will list GEICO 500 odds for all the potential winners.
You can also place a head-to-head bet on the GEICO 500 — the sportsbook chooses two drivers, and you choose which one you think will finish better in the race. If you bet on the first driver, then no matter what happens, as long as that driver does better than the second driver, you win. It doesn’t matter if the driver wins the entire GEICO 500, or barely squeaks into second-to-last place, your pick just needs to beat the other driver.
You also can look at betting odds for who will finish in the top 10, which is much easier than picking a single winner. It’s still a bit of a risk, but a good bet for a beginner.
First, take a look at the weather. It is one of the biggest factors that can add another betting day to the GEICO 500. If rain or other bad weather is in the forecast, then you can anticipate another betting day before the race starts. Additionally, the Talladega Superspeedway doesn’t have any lights, so NASCAR wants to make sure that the race can take place during the day.
Even if the bad weather is only for a few moments, the organizers still want the track to dry and want the weather to be sunny for the entire race.
Additionally, you will need to figure out if any of these racers are crossover racers. Crossover racers are racers who have been around both the NASCAR track and who have also driven Indy cars, or other types of cars. These racers tend to have more experience and can greatly change a race.
Finally, to make an accurate prediction about what a racer will do during a race based on previous races, you need to look at patterns and track records. Look at past race results, focusing on races where the weather was similar, and you should also look at the track shape and size. There’s a chance that good drivers might do poorly on a track that they are unfamiliar with, and Talladega has more than a few tricks up its sleeve.
Finally, don’t just look at the race, but also at the drivers themselves. If a driver just had a bad race, look to see if that driver was sick, suffering from injury or involved in a wreck. All of these things can skew a driver’s results.
The race now known as the GEICO 500 first took place in 1970, and here are some of the iconic winners throughout its history.
Donnie Allison — 1971
David Pearson — 1972-1974
Buddy Baker — 1975-1976, 1980
Dale Earnhardt Jr. — 1990, 1994, 1999, 2002-2003, 2015
Jeff Gordon — 2000, 2004-2005, 2007
The GEICO 500 started as the Alabama 500 in 1970 and switched to Winston sponsorship the next year, when it ran as the Winston 500. It’s seen a lot of history and several name changes, but it is always held at the Talladega Superspeedway in Lincoln, Alabama.
The GEICO 500 also holds the world record for the fastest NASCAR race ever. In 1997, the average speed of cars was over 188 miles per hour, and it was not interrupted by a caution period at all.
In June of 2020, the GEICO 500 race ran for the first time on Father’s Day. This was due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the racing schedule, and it was the first time that Talladega hosted a race on Father’s Day.
The GEICO 500 is one of two races held at Talladega Superspeedway; the second is the YellaWood 500.
The race track at Talladega has a 33 degree banking at certain parts, making it the steepest NASCAR track. Due to the banking, it is one of two tracks that has a speed limit, preventing speeds higher than 70 mph during caution, and 55 mph at the pit road.
The 2016 GEICO 500 had four “big one” crashes. These occurred on laps 96, 161, 181 and the last lap. In total, 35 of the 40 cars had damage from the crashes.
In the 1974 race, the lead changed 53 times. In 1997, the lead changed 63 times. In 2010, the lead changed 88 times.
A con artist only identified as L.W. Wright snuck into the 1982 GEICO 500 race and fared poorly, disappearing after the checks for the license and car bounced.
In 1987, the fencing was damaged after a car went airborne and sheared off over 100 feet of protective fencing. Remarkably, no one was seriously injured.
Some of these moments happened at Talladega, while the rest happened during a GEICO 500.
The oddest moment that happened during a race at Talladega was in 1970. Midway through the race, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Bobby Isaac mysteriously pulled over. He pulled into the pit and then got out of the car, telling his team owner that a voice in his head was telling him to get out of the car.
A few laps later, a driver named Larry Smith was killed in an accident, and Isaac did not race again for the rest of the season.
The closest finish in 2011 was when Jimmie Johnson beat his competitor by 0.0002 seconds, with the top eight cars finishing within 0.200 seconds of one another.
But perhaps the most amazing moment that would happen at the GEICO 500 was in 2000. During the race, coming from a 36th place start, Jeff Gordon went on to claim his 50th career win.
Consider the history of the GEICO 500 and the Talladega Superspeedway a bit of extra flavor if you end up able to bet on the race online in New York.