Is it Legal to Bet on the Daytona 500?

Feb 16, 2024

Super Bowl 58 has come and gone, and now it’s time for NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl, or as most people know it, the Daytona 500. The 500-mile race is held in Daytona Beach, Florida, so there have been a lot of questions raised about legally betting on the race. Let’s dive into the details about betting on NASCAR and the Daytona 500.

NASCAR and Sports Betting

Sportsbook Partnerships

Here’s a fun fact: NASCAR was the first sports league to partner with the American Gaming Association in 2021. NASCAR was ahead of the game and understood that sports betting was going to become a part of every sport, so they partnered with the AGA early. They then partnered with BetMGM and WynnBet. Since then, NASCAR has also agreed to a deal with DraftKings.

The partnership with DraftKings seemed inevitable since sports betting was on the verge of being legalized in North Carolina, where Charlotte Motor Speedway is located. Plus, it was announced that “DraftKings also has been named the exclusive daily fantasy sports partner of NASCAR in the United States and Canada.” NASCAR has not been shy about branching out into the sports betting industry.

Sports Betting Advertising on Cars

If you’ve ever watched a NASCAR race, you will have noticed the advertisements covering the cars. The advertisements range from food, beer, and candy companies, but in the last few years there has been an increase in sports betting ads on NASCAR cars. In 2021, BetMGM debuted the first car to be branded by a sports betting company. Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon drove the two BetMGM cars during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (per KSNV). 

Two years later, DraftKings partnered with NASCAR and got their brand on two cars. Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace were the two drivers of DraftKings-emblazoned cars that appeared at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway last summer for the first time. 

Who is allowed to bet on sports in the United States? 

Age Requirements

The majority of states that have legalized sports betting require the user to be at least 21 years old. However, there are certain states that have lowered the required age to 18 years old. Those states include Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Montana. Since sports betting laws differ by state, the user must obey the state’s rules in which they are located. For example, a 19-year old from Montana cannot bet while in New York since the state of New York requires the user to be at least 21.

Location Requirements

As of today, there are 38 states, plus Washington D.C., that have legalized sports betting in some fashion. Online sports betting is the most common form, as it is legal in 29 of the 38 states, and that just means the user can place bets from their phone or computer. 

Here are the 38 states that have legalized sports betting in some fashion:

Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wyoming.

Can NASCAR drivers bet on sports?

It is illegal for drivers to bet on NASCAR. It doesn’t apply to just them however, as the rule also prohibits team owners, crew members, and racing officials from gambling on NASCAR. The minimum penalties for breaking the sports gambling rules include suspension, termination, and a fine of $100,000 (per NBC Sports).

NASCAR drivers are allowed to gamble on non-NASCAR related sports. There is no rule in NASCAR's sports betting policy that bans drivers from gambling on the World Series, NBA Finals or Super Bowl, for example.  

Betting on the Daytona 500 

It is legal to bet on the Daytona 500, as long as you are in one of the states that has legalized sports gambling. Online sportsbooks like FanDuel, DraftKings and Bet365 offer plenty of lines and prop options for each NASCAR race, including the Daytona 500. However, since the Daytona 500 is in Florida, there are a lot of questions regarding how to gamble on the race if you’re in the Sunshine State. If that’s the case, you have two options:

  1. Place your Daytona 500 bet at one of the Seminole Tribe-controlled casinos

  2. Bet on the race online using the Hard Rock app or website

The legalization of sports betting in Florida has been an ugly battle for the last few years. However, after a lot of obstacles, the Hard Rock app re-launched late last year and is the only legalized online sportsbook in Florida. NASCAR has fully embraced Hard Rock, and Daytona International Speedway has even partnered with the sportsbook. Plus, Hard Rock has been named the “Official Sportsbook for The World Center of Racing and an Authorized Gaming Operator of NASCAR” (per Daytona International Speedway).

Legal Sports Betting Platforms and Sportsbooks

There are 29 states that offer online sports gambling. Since it varies by state, some states have several sportsbooks and some only have a few. Here is a list of some of the most reliable sportsbooks and in which states they operate in.

  • FanDuel Sportsbook: One of the most reliable and popular sportsbooks in the United States is FanDuel. The new-user offer, daily promotions, and easy-to-use platform has made FanDuel a favorite among bettors. Plus, FanDuel was one of the first sportsbooks to offer Same Game Parlays. For betting on the Daytona 500 or any other sports, it is available for customers in the following states: AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VT, VA, WV & WY

  • DraftKings Sportsbook: DraftKings started as a fantasy sports betting site and has become one of the biggest online sportsbooks in the country. With the extremely fast live-betting features, users can make bets during the Daytona 500 during the laps. It is available for customers in the following states: AZ, CO, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VT, VA, WV & WY

  • Caesars Sportsbook: Caesars offers a range of excellent qualities, like exceptional customer service, fast payouts, and generous promotions for its users. Betting on the Daytona 500 is simple and easy at Caesars. It is available for customers in the following states: AZ, CO, IN, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA & WV 

  • ESPN Bet: Formerly known as Barstool Sportsbook, ESPN Bet is the rebranded sportsbook for PENN. It offers an excellent promotion for new users along with real-time updates on all sports, including NASCAR. You can use ESPN Bet in AZ, CO, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, NJ, OH, PA, TN, VA, and WV.

  • BetMGM Sportsbook: Nicknamed “The King of Sportsbooks”, BetMGM is at the forefront of the sports betting industry. Between the reliability of the sportsbook and the account privacy, it’s hard to go wrong with BetMGM. You can bet on the Daytona 500 and all NASCAR events in AZ, CO, D.C., IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MS, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, TN, VA, WV, and WY.

  • Fanatics Sportsbook: One of the newer sportsbooks on the market is Fanatics, which offers an interesting twist on rewards. Users can get credits and discounts to use on for sports gear instead of just bonus bets. NASCAR is available to bet on at Fanatics in CO, CT, MA, MD, PA, TN, OH, KY, VA, WV

  • Betr Sportsbook: Unlike other sportsbooks, Betr focuses on players and not just the teams. You can bet higher or lower on any of your favorite players, whether it’s in football, basketball, baseball, or your choice. Betr is available in AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MN, NE, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WI and WY, & Washington DC.

Learn Responsible Gaming before betting on the Daytona 500

The Daytona 500 takes place this weekend, but before you make any bets on the race, it’s important to remember the risks and dangers of sports betting. Gambling on sports can lead to financial and mental problems, as gambling addiction can become a serious issue. 

Therefore, Birches Health offers a full suite of educational resources aimed to help ensure that gambling remains a form of entertainment. 

Gambling Addiction Help and Treatment

If you, a friend or family member may be showing signs of potential gambling addiction, Birches Health is always available to help. Birches provides effective, private treatment for those struggling with behavioral addictions. For quick access to specialists with years of experience, Birches Health offers telehealth appointments that can easily work for different schedules, without leaving the comforts of home.


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