# How are the odds read when betting on Nascar?

When reading odds on NASCAR it is posted like many other sports with the exception of not having a traditional a spread. There are odds posted for betting on the race winner which has a different format than the odds of head to head driver matchups. Here is an example of odds you might see when considering betting on a driver to win a race.

Kyle Busch (3-1): A wager of \$1 dollar would net a profit of \$3 dollars, plus the \$1 dollar originally wagered would be returned to the bettor.

Brad Keselowski (9-2): This would pay 4.5-1. Anytime there is a (2) in the odds, you simply divide the larger number by 2, and that will give you the winning ratio to the amount wagered. A wager of \$1 dollar would win \$4.50 and return the wagered \$1 dollar.

Aric Almirola (18-1): This would pay off at 18 times the amount wagered, plus the return of the original wager. \$1 dollar wager wins \$18 dollars and the wagered \$1 dollar is returned.

When evaluating head to head driver matchup wagers or group wagers the odds are likely to be written as below.

Head to head driver matchup odds format – The driver who finishes higher (better) wins the matchup wager.
Joey Logano (-120): vs Clint Bowyer (ev):

If betting on Joey Logano (-120) who is the favorite to win the matchup, you would need to lay (put down) \$1.20 to win \$1. The collection at the window would be \$2.20. This .20 cents difference between the drivers is the juice or the spread on the favorite driver to win the matchup.

A wager on Clint Bowyer (ev) would win exactly what is bet, plus the return of original wager. So betting \$1 dollar on Clint Bowyer you would collect a total of \$2 dollars if he wins. Being the underdog in this matchup, Bowyer pays even money if he wins the matchup.

Group Wagering: Due to the larger number of competitors in a group wager, these odds may look a little different than what is seen in head to head driver matchups. They are the same format, but the numbers are just a little larger in general.

Group C (Pick the highest finisher of the group)
Austin Dillon (+150): \$1 dollar bet would win \$1.50, total return of \$2.50
Daniel Suarez (+225) \$1 dollar bet would win \$2.25, total return of \$3.25
Ryan Newman (+275) \$1 dollar bet would win \$2.75, total return of \$3.75
Alex Bowman (+325) \$1 dollar bet would win \$3.25, total return of \$4.25

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