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Best Bets for The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series at Bristol Motor Speedway

by April 5, 2020

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Nevada will wave the green flag on eNASCAR betting this weekend. The state decided to allow sportsbooks to offer lines on the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series on April 3, which has paved the way for William Hill’s lines on this weekend’s race at Bristol.

Betting on eNASCAR is a bit risky, as there have only been two races in the series to date. But what else are we going to bet on?

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Background

My strategy for NASCAR betting relies on data. Unfortunately, our sample size of two races isn’t very big, and there aren’t easily available advanced statistics like driver ratings.

Fortunately, that means we have the chance to outsmart the sportsbooks, because they won’t have many numbers, either.

Betting Odds

Here are the lines posted over at William Hill.

Driver Odds
Timmy Hill 4-1
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 13-2
Garrett Smithley 7-1
William Byron 7-1
Denny Hamlin 12-1
Alex Bowman 12-1
Ryan Preece 12-1
Parker Kligerman 15-1
Erik Jones 25-1
Landon Cassill 25-1
Christopher Bell 25-1
Chase Elliott 28-1
Kyle Larson 30-1
Matt DiBenedetto 30-1
Joey Logano 30-1
John Hunter Nemechek 30-1
Michael McDowell 35-1
Ryan Blaney 35-1
Ross Chastain 40-1
Bubba Wallace 40-1
Clint Bowyer 40-1
Kyle Busch 40-1
Tyler Reddick 40-1
Ty Dillon 50-1
Jimmie Johnson 50-1
Kurt Busch 60-1
Bobby Labonte 60-1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 60-1
Chris Buescher 75-1
Austin Dillon 75-1

 
Last week’s winner, Timmy Hill, is the heavy favorite for this weekend’s race at Bristol. But Dale Earnhardt Jr., Garrett Smithley, and William Byron are all close behind Hill, and they’ve all logged significant hours in iRacing simulators.

After those guys, Homestead winner Denny Hamlin, former Hendrick Motorsports simulator driver Alex Bowman, and Ryan Preece come in with 12/1 odds. NBC Sports analyst Parker Kligerman has also spent considerable time with iRacing, and he rounds out our top eight betting options.

Analysis

So what numbers do we have at our disposal? Well, we can look at where drivers have finished and how many laps they’ve led. Timmy Hill has a dominant 2.0 average finish so far, and he’s followed by Junior (4.0), Smithley (4.0), and Preece (5.0).

But looking at laps led tells a different story. The first race at Homestead saw a lot of back-and-forth for the lead, with winner Denny Hamlin only leading 14 total laps. In last week’s race at Texas, however, William Byron led an impressive 80 laps before Timmy Hill took the lead with just four to go.

There’s more than just numbers to consider, however. Not every eNASCAR racer is in the same situation, as guys like Hill and Smithley both lack elite rides in real-life NASCAR. As a result, they’ve got more to gain by winning these races than Hendrick’s William Byron or the retired Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and that may play a role in their late-race decisions.

We can also look at the real-life numbers from Bristol Motor Speedway. In the most recent four races, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Larson, Ryan Blaney, and Joey Logano are the only drivers to post average driver ratings above 100. Meanwhile, William Byron has a dreadful 64.8 average, and he is yet to earn a top-10 finish at the track, and Timmy Hill’s results in poor equipment give him a 34.1. Denny Hamlin (93.3) and Alex Bowman (82.8) have the highest ratings of the betting favorites.

Suggested Picks

Sunday’s race will come down to a combination of short-track skill, iRacing experience, and determination.

While I’m not a fan of his short-track stats, William Byron’s iRacing expertise could finally send him into victory lane on Sunday, although his 7/1 odds could be better. If the line moves down a bit, I’d take him. Otherwise, give me Hamlin or Bowman at 12/1 — and maybe lay some action on both of them.

Verdict: Bowman (12/1) and/or Hamlin (12/1)

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Isaiah Sirois is a featured writer at BettingPros. For more from Isaiah, check out his archive and follow him @is_sirois.

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