SugarHouse Makes History with Virtual NASCAR Betting

SugarHouse Makes History with Virtual NASCAR betting

As originally reported on April 28, betting on virtual NASCAR racing recently became legal in New Jersey.

SugarHouse’s New Jersey online sportsbook has announced that it recently became the first internet bookmaker in the U.S. to offer wagers on NASCAR iRacing. It’s a coup for SugarHouse in New Jersey with the sportsbook locked in fierce competition with its competitors for dominance in a crowded but ever-growing marketplace.

SugarHouse were the first online sportsbook approved by New Jersey regulators to offer online wagering on the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series. New Jersey players are now be able to place bets on any races in the virtual auto racing season after the first race in the series was successfully conducted – the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond on April 19.

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How realistic is eNASCAR?

The eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series races are offer competitive and extremely realistic racing. However, as a real boost for retro fans in particular, the series features real NASCAR star drivers of past and present including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.  The series is being broadcast on FOX Sports during the usual NASCAR broadcast times and the races been drawing huge viewership numbers (over a million viewers per race) to the watch the intense iRacing competition.

The eNASCAR racing schedule is designed to follow the ‘real’ NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which of course has been postponed. Along with the initial race open to SugarHouse bettors – the Toyota Owners 400 – the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series includes the Cup Series race at Dover and the Geico 500 at Talledega, continuing to make stops at fan-favorite ‘virtual’ tracks across the nation.

This particular slice of virtual sports action is unique as the ‘game’ simulator offers the full NASCAR experience right down to track conditions – temperatures and different surfaces – weather, and the overall car dynamics. Clearly, the eNASCAR iRacing Series is offering a standard of ‘enhanced reality’ that many other sports will hopefully look to adopt as the gold standard.

NASCAR drivers have been using training simulators for years

It may feel difficult and intimidating when trying to pick the winner of an online NASCAR race, however, it’s worth bearing in mind that many NASCAR drivers have been using the iRacing technology for many years for track familiarization and at home training when weather or other factors don’t permit drivers to get behind the wheel of their real vehicles.

Naturally, the more experience a driver has with using the equipment and getting the feel of it, usually the better the performances. Some of the veteran drivers, like Jimmie Johnson, are relatively new to iRacing and have struggled to adjust to the virtual racing world. On the other hand, younger drivers like Parker Kligerman and Timmy Hill – not regular household names during the ‘real’ races – are more competitive in eNASCAR and reflects their regular positions near the top of the Sugarhouse sportsbook odds.

SugarHouse delighted to offer bettors a great product

Importantly, this NASCAR virtual sports betting feature at SugarHouse provides all interested sports betting fans with something else to bet on during these difficult times when the postponed ‘real’ NASCAR races are not a viable betting option due to the ongoing crisis.

SugarHouse management represented by Mattias Stetz, Chief Operating Officer of Rush Street Interactive, the parent company that operates the SugarHouse sportsbook spoke glowingly of the company’s historic offering;

“We are happy to be able to offer such an exciting and competitive entertainment event”. “It’s also fun to see how these talented drivers will compare in the virtual world of competitive racing.” Mr Stetz said.

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