Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, leads a pack of cars during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Dixie Vodka 150 at virtual Homestead-Miami Speedway
While DFS operators have yet to offer traditional contests on NASCAR’s iRacing Pro Invitational Series, DraftKings Sportsbook has posted a betting pool that is free to play and awards a $10,000 prize to the winner.
I’m very new to iRacing, but figured I’d take a chance on Sunday’s eNASCAR O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at Texas (1 p.m. ET on FOX, FS1 and/or the FOX Sports app) contest.
And because I don’t know much about eNASCAR iRacing, I decided to lean heavily on betting odds to make my DraftKings picks.
Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished first and second in last week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, yet Timmy Hill has the best odds of the group.
The pick: Hill
The current over/under for number of leaders is 5.5 with even juice on both sides. As a result, I’m taking the under here because it gives me 1-5 instead of having to pick exactly six, seven or eight or more.
The pick: Five or fewer
According to odds, the four most likely drivers to win this race did not visit Victory Lane in a Cup Series race last season. This is an easy no.
The pick: No
Since I know very little about iRacing overall, and Busch’s odds to win fall outside of the top 10 drivers, I’ll say no.
The pick: No
The two race favorites (Ty Majeski and William Byron) drive Chevrolets, and Chevy represents four of the top six drivers in terms of odds.
The pick: Chevy
This is truly a shot in the dark, but I’m taking yes. In last week’s race, William Byron led 28 laps and Garrett Smithley was out front for 24, so two drivers were right at this mark.
Granted, the iRacing event at Homestead was 150 laps compared to the 125 that will be run at Texas on Sunday, so there are fewer overall laps to lead.
However, because tires are much more important at Homestead than (I think) they will be at Texas, it’s reasonable to assume that passing will be hard and the driver out front will stay there for a while.
The pick: Yes
This is another easy pick. Byron is currently the co-favorite to win the race, way ahead of the rest of the grouping.
The pick: Byron
This is the easiest question of the entire contest. None of the top 10 drivers, in terms of betting odds, are former Cup champions.
The pick: No
This is another coin-flip question, and I’m taking odd.
The pick: Odd-numbered
Erik Jones has, by far, the best odds of this grouping, so I’m not overthinking it.
The pick: Jones
Again, I’m taking the driver with the best odds of the group.
The pick: Bell