NASCAR brings its cars, characters and colors to Richmond Raceway this weekend for its usual three-race bonanza, and it’s the perfect time for bettors to try some NASCAR prop betting.
The track is short. The race is long. The thrills are nonstop.
The grand finale of the weekend is the Toyota Owners 400 on Sunday (3:30 p.m., Fox). The race will air live on Fox, and the weather forecast calls for sunny skies and 67 degrees. And man, that’s good racin’ weather.
Richmond Raceway is the scene of some of racing’s most notable events, moments (look up “Earnhardt and windshield“) and winners. The three-quarter-mile track has room for the cars to race three-wide, get tangled in turns, and offer the occasional bump-and-run.
Alex Bowman is the defending champ after earning his third career NASCAR Cup Series win during the 2021 Richmond spring race. Kyle Busch is back in the field for Sunday too. He’s won five times at Richmond, just one behind all-time champion Richard Petty.
NASCAR will stop again in Richmond in mid-August during its playoff chase.
There’s plenty to see and do at Richmond Raceway now, though. And there are also unique ways to bet on the action at one of Virginia’s legal online sportsbooks. You can bet on winner racers, car numbers, and even what manufacturer will win the day, among other options.
Fuel up on NASCAR prop betting for Richmond
Sure, there are easy ways to bet on a race. Pick your winner. PointsBet, the newest VA sportsbook, lists 37 different drivers you can bet on to win. They have Chase Elliott (+800) and Kyle Larson (+900) as the favorites as of Thursday morning.
At BetMGM, Elliott, the current leader in the Cup standings, was also +800. Right behind him were Ky. Busch, Larson and Martin Truex Jr. at +900.
Then it becomes a scramble.
BetMGM has 19 different parlays on the race action. They include options such as Larson or Elliott to finish in top two (+115) or Bubba Wallace and Kurt Busch to both finish in the Top 10 (+1200).
And forget about who is going to win; you can also just make it a two-person race at BetMGM. Who will finish first in a head-to-head matchup? Larson or Truex? How about Joey Logano vs. Virginia’s own Denny Hamlin? That’s your call.
Barstool Sports even has a prop bet on whether or not anyone will sweep Stage 1, Stage 2 and win the race (yes is +650).
Going past the finish line
NASCAR fans don’t just have favorite drivers; they support teams and manufacturers, as well. Even though it’s the Toyota Owners 400, Toyota cars are the underdog at Richmond. BetMGM has a Chevy as the favorite to cross the line first at +105, with Ford and Toyota each at +230.
Joe Gibbs Racing is the favored team at +230, and Hendricks Motorsports is next at +240 in a six-team field.
Or, you can forget the drivers and just play the numbers.
Barstool has an odd-number car winning at +103 and an even car number at -132. You can also play over/under on multiple numbers at BetMGM. You can choose a cutoff of 8.5, 10.5, 15.5, 18.5 or 20.5 and hope your car comes through.
As you can see, NASCAR prop betting offers an endless array of options.
Who’s leading the NASCAR Cup Series standings?
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Chevy) has a narrow lead in the points standings heading into Richmond race weekend.
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Ford) is second, and Joey Logano (No. 22 Ford) is third.
Amazingly, because of the quirks of the scoring system, none of these top-three drivers has actually won a race this season.
Still, looking for a wild card to bet on Sunday? Truex (No. 19 Toyota) is seventh in the standings, and he won both races at Richmond in 2019. Something about the short track seems to bring out the best in Truex, who’s also +1000 to win a season championship.
Richmond Raceway weekend race schedule
In addition to Sunday’s Toyota Owners 400, Richmond plays host to two other races this weekend. The NASCAR Truck Series is on a break, but the Whelen Modified Tour and Xfinity Series are set to race:
Friday, April 1: Virginia Is For Racing Lovers 150
- Series: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
- Time: 6:30 p.m.
- Broadcast: FloRacing
Saturday, April 2: ToyotaCare 250
- Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
- Time: 1:30 p.m.
- Broadcast: FS1
On Sunday, former University of Virginia football star and two-time Super Bowl winner Chris Long is the honorary pace car driver for the Toyota Owners 400. Long is a native of Charlottesville who created the Chris Long Foundation to help serve communities in need.
“Not only am I a Toyota owner, I’ve also had a lifelong dream of driving the pace car,” Long in a press release. “This weekend I’ll do just that at the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond, and I’m bringing the whole Green Light crew. It’s going to be the best trip of the year!”
The NASCAR circuit stays in Virginia next week, with the Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 400 at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway on Saturday, April 9.