NASCAR Prop Bets

Courtesy: Pocono Raceway

Courtesy: Pocono Raceway

It’s that time of year. Vacation season around the office. Worker productivity plummets, reasons for an iced coffee run skyrocket, and people look for an excuse to get away.

Sprint Cup teams have the weekend to themselves with no race on tap. That still doesn’t prevent some NASCAR prop best to consider while relaxing under the hot summer sun.

Odds Dale Earnhardt Jr. Retires In The Next Five Years: 5/1

The newly engaged Earnhardt Jr. dropped a pipe bomb when he said “it’s on the horizon” when discussing retirement. Last year, Earnhardt Jr. said he could race another ten years. 

It makes sense for the No. 88 to keep going.

  • The team is still at an elite level and still learning to gel with Greg Ives as crew chief.
  • Jeff Gordon is out the door at season’s end.
  • Who knows how long  it takes Chase Elliott to fulfill his potential, if it happens at all?
  • Kasey Kahne hasn’t contended for a title since coming over to Hendrick Motorsports.
  • Earnhardt Jr. has been NASCAR’S most popular driver for more than a decade.

I’m sure Earnhardt Jr. is thinking about a career after racing, but I also think there are too many interviews where he talks about how happy he is winning again to leave so soon.

Odds Kyle Busch Makes the Chase: 20/1

NBC’s NASCAR page has been all over the quest for Busch to make the Chase and what all has to take place.

  • Busch has to win.
  • Chances are he has to average a finish of 13th or better through Richmond.

Busch already has dealt with two dud finishes in 2015. He simply can’t afford a third, and with two road course races, a bumpy track at Kentucky and a restrictor plate event at Daytona still on tap, it seems likely trouble might find Busch. I still think he ends the season with two or three wins; I don’t think it will be enough to make up for missing 11 races.

Odds NASCAR Ratings Go Up on NBC: 1/2

NASCAR ratings on FOX went up this year. Race ratings on FOX Sports 1 went down compared to TNT. NBC takes over coverage at Daytona.

ESPN averaged between 4.2 and 4.8 million viewers when it hosted races. With NBC losing the U.S. Open and backing up the Brinks truck for the right to broadcast races, expect a massive publicity blitz over the next six months. Couple that with the return of football, I think NASCAR sees a ratings spike, especially if big names like Harvick, Johnson, and Earnhardt Jr. are racing for a reason as Homestead approaches.

It’s the last down week for a while. Enjoy the free time, all summer has to offer, and insert a random catchphrase here.