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Date: August 7, 2016
Location: Watkins Glen International
NASCAR Betting Online: Tensions run high at the end of the regular season for the Sprint Cup, and Watkins Glen tends to be one of these tracks where championship dreams are born and are crushed. On Sunday, August 7, the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen will take place at Watkins Glen International. The race gets started at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be shown live on USA.
The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen is actually a bit misleading. Normally, the number associated with the race is the number of laps or the number of miles run. In this case, it's the number of kilometers. The boys of NASCAR only run 90 laps over the 2.45-mile road course.
History suggests that road racers can and do frequently win this race. Marcos Ambrose has pushed his way to Victory Lane twice at this track, first in 2011, then again in 2012. In 2014, A.J. Allmendinger won the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, a shocking result which gave him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The biggest task for drivers serious about winning a championship is to make sure you're not sitting right there on the bubble heading into the Watkins Glen race. The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen has now produced four winners in the last six years who didn't win any other races over the course of the season.
Last year, the script was flipped just a bit when Joey Logano captured the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Kyle Busch also has a win here for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. At this point, Busch is still the only driver of a Toyota machine to ever head to Victory Lane in the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen, as he also was in the winners' circle in 2008.
How to bet on Nascar Cheez-it 355 at The Glen
The odds of a driver to win the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen will generally look something like:
- Jeff Gordon + 200
- Mark Martin + 250
- Jeff Burton + 300
- Bill Elliott + 700
- Robby Gordon + 700
- Field + 500
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a driver to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $20 that Jeff Gordon will win the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen, while the bettor wagering on Bill Elliott stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in NASCAR is head-to-head finish between two drivers. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the driver finishes in, as long as the driver finishes higher than the other driver.
A head-to-head betting line for the Cheez-it 355 at The Glen will look something like:
- Mark Martin -130 Jeff Burton +110
In this bet, players wagering on Martin to finish higher than Burton will be asked to risk $13 to win $10, while bettors believing that Burton will finish higher than Martin will bet $10 to win $11.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to NASCAR wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of NASCAR betting without too much hassle.
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