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Overview

Betting on motorsports or auto racing is one of the most exciting and challenging approaches to sports betting and one of the world’s most popular betting options. As such, motorsports betting is readily available across all online bookies who offer motorsports odds, so no matter whether you like to bet on Formula One, NASCAR, Rally, dirt bikes, or Moto GP, there will be plenty of options for you.

In this article, we take a look at the beautiful and exciting world of motorsports betting and provide you with everything you need to know before you start placing wagers on any of the engine-powered sports.

Brief History

Automobile racing began shortly after the invention of gasoline-powered internal-combustion engines in the 1880s, giving birth to the new genre of sports that did not need long to enter the mainstream. The first official automobile competition happened nearly two decades later, in 1894, when drivers raced from Prais to Rouen, France, for a distance of 50 miles.

Interestingly, the average speed in the first authorized race was just 10.2 mph, and it’s fair to say that we’ve come a long way since then. But while it all began with automobile racing, the racing scene has since introduced a plethora of other ways people could race, producing a new sports genre that has become a huge hit in the betting world.

Main Events During the Year

Depending on which motorsports you prefer, there are different racing events to look forward to over the season. Still, there are a few competitions and races any motorsports fan shouldn’t miss, and that primarily includes races on prominent racing tracks (such as Daytona), unique races such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, or the sports’ final races of the season.

Championship

Every motorsports event has its own competitive format, and each sport has a season in which the drivers compete. And as you might have guessed, you can bet on any of the championships, as long as you have access to a bookie that can provide you with the motorsports odds on that sport.

Still, if you’re betting on more well-known motorsports such as Formula One, NASCAR, or Moto GP, it won’t be hard to find betting markets. Meanwhile, if you’re someone who bets on a rally or dirt bike, you might struggle to find many betting markets.

Finals

Even though the coverage of different motorsports will vary from bookie to bookie, you can rest assured that the offer of motorsports odds and betting markets will increase once the season nears the end. Even bookies who aren’t known for covering rally, will likely have odds on the final race of the World Rally Championship and don’t be surprised to find odds on important races for drag racing either.

BetUS Offer

If you’re looking for a sportsbook that can provide you with an excellent offer of motorsports odds and betting markets, BetUS is the place to be. At BetUS, you can find betting markets on all major motorsports events, including Formula One, NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, and even rally, with some of the most competitive motorsports odds in the betting industry.

Betting Strategy

If you want to succeed in betting on motorsports, you have to follow a few rules, which can be applied to betting on any motorsport, from Formula One to Moto GP and dirt bike racing.

The most important thing is to find a sportsbook that can provide you with two things – competitive motorsports odds and enough betting markets. With that, you are guaranteed the most value for your money and enough bet types for you to wager on anything you desire. But remember to pick a legal, licensed, and regulated bookie, as only this way you can guarantee the safety of your money and personal information.

After you find a bookie to bet with, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the sport you want to bet on. Simply knowing that Moto GP uses bikes isn’t enough. You need to know a thing or two about drivers and the tracks and know where to find valuable information such as news, stats, trends, and other information that can help you find value bets.

Props Bets

Props bets or proposition bets offer bettors a unique way to approach wagering on their favorite sports. And as you might have guessed, prop bets are also available for betting on motorsports the same way they’re accessible for betting on basketball, soccer, football, and other sports.

Prop bets are wagers that allow you to bet on a different aspect of the game/race rather than on who will win. Instead, they focus on the occurrence or non-occurrence of a specific event, which can be anything the bookie decides it to be.

Most common prop bets in motorsports include bets on whether there will be a crash, will a driver finish the race, who will win a specific stage of the race, bets on the fastest lap, the margin of victory, and many more.

Teams To Play

In most motorsports, there are teams of drivers, and while they compete for the individual championship title, the drivers also compete to earn their teams points, helping them on their own championship title quest. And just like you will find motorsports odds on drivers, you will also be able to find odds on teams.

This allows you to either bet on which driver will win a specific race, or which team (of drivers) will perform the best. For example, if you’re betting on Formula One and can’t decide whether Max Verstappen or Sergio Pérez will win the race, you can bet that their team (Red Bull) will come out ahead.

And like there are special proposition bets on drivers, you will also be able to find motorsports odds on team props, such as double points finish, both team drivers to finish on the podium, 1-2 finish, and more.

How To Bet On MotorSports

We have covered the basics of what you should know about betting on motorsports. Now it’s time to take a look at the most common bet types you will find when exploring motorsports odds and betting markets, and explain how you can use them to profit from betting on motorsports.

To Win

To win the bet, sometimes called an outright win bet, or race winner, is the most straightforward bet you can make on any motorsports. It’s a simple wager on which driver you believe will win the next race. Basically, this is a default bet and the most basic wager you can make on any motorsports.

Podium Finish

A bet on podium finish in motorsports can fall into the same category as the race finish props, but we will cover it separately since it’s often shown as a separate bet you can make on a race.

The podium finish is a very common wager motorsports bettors like to use and is in a way similar to the race winner bet. But instead of betting on which driver will win the race, you bet on which driver will finish the race inside the top three.

Obviously, the motorsports odds on the podium will be much lower than that on the “to win” markets, but it is a safer option and offers an alternative way to bet on a driver who you believe will finish strong but might not win the race.

Futures

Futures bets are all wagers you can make on a future event and are most commonly used to predict which driver will win the championship. In some racing organizations, such as NASCAR, you can also bet on which driver will make the playoffs, who will win the regular season, or which manufacturer will win the team championship.

Keep in mind that the motorsports odds on the futures market will shift over the season depending on how the season goes and which drivers have shown good form. Ahead of each season, there will be one favorite to win the title, but if the said driver got off to a poor start, his future motorsports odds would rise, so keep an eye out for that.

Race Finish Props

Race finish props are bets you can make on where you believe the driver will finish the race. This bet will differ depending on how many drivers are in the race, but the most common race finish props include top-5 or top-10 finish.

As the name suggests, with a top-5 bet, you’re predicting whether a driver will end the race inside the top-5. Likewise, a bet on top-10 is a bet on whether a driver will finish the race inside the top 10 drivers. In some cases, you might even find motorsports odds on a bottom-X finish, which works the exact same way, but in the opposite direction.

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Motorsports Faqs

Yes! You can bet on motorsports as long as you have access to a sportsbook that can provide you with the motorsports odds on the sport you wish to wager on. But know that betting markets on some less popular motorsports such as rally and dirt bike racing might not be available everywhere.
Betting on motorsports is completely legal, as long as you’re using a legal, regulated, and licensed bookie and are old enough to bet.
BetUS is widely known as one of the best online sportsbooks for motorsports betting. It has one of the most competitive motorsports odds, a vast market selection on numerous motorsports.
To bet on the motorsports odds, you simply need to find a sportsbook that has betting markets available, create an account and place your bets. Remember that bookies will have a different offer of motorsports, so first, look through the offer and make sure if the bookie covers the motorsport you wish to bet on.
Motorsports odds work the exact same way as the odds you would find on football, hockey, baseball, or basketball; however, the bet types are more similar to other racing sports, such as winter ski racing.

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Rolling If Bets (RIF) allow you to use the balance (amount) from existing wagers to make a new wager. As long as existing wagers have not been graded, the amount wagered can still be used to make new wagers. However, if your original wager loses, the Rolling If Bet is then cancelled. There are two options for ties (pushes); you can specify if you want the Rolling If Bet to continue in case of a tie or simply cancel the RIF.

Rolling If Bets are:
  • only allowed on straight bets, Parlays and Teasers.
  • not available with Free Plays or Futures and Props
  • only available if you have pre existing, non graded wagers
  • you can only use the funds from the amount of the pre existing wager
How to Place a Rolling If Bet:
  • Choose any straight, parlay or teaser and Place it on the Bet Slip
  • Click on the Rolling If Bet button next to the wager detail
  • In the RIF dropdown, choose a wager that you want to use for RIF
  • Click on "If Win Only" or "If Win or Push" (explained above)
  • Fill in the amount and confirm your wager (the system will not allow you a higher amount than what is available)
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