- By correctly guessing the best finisher amongst groups of racers and the top 3 finishers in exact order, players can win $10,000 or more.
- The NASCAR Pick ‘Em is found in the NBC Sports Predictor section next to the Premier League and Golf games.
- The Daytona 500 was the first race that players were able to participate, but with no winner, the prize doubles for this weekend’s Quaker State 400.
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Sports is expanding their free-to-play games selection on their website and app with the addition of “NASCAR Pick ‘Em.”
Set up in the NBC Sports Predictor section like their popular “Premier League Pick ‘Em” and “Golf Pick ‘Em”, the NASCAR version will give fans the chance the win the entire, or a share of, the $10,000 weekly prize.
Similar to the soccer game, which launched in December of last year, and the golf game, which launched in February of this year, players must be 18 to participate.
“We’re thrilled to bring the same type of added excitement to NASCAR fans every week,” said Dan Pozner, NBC Sports’ Director of Content. “These Predictor games are all about increasing engagement and enjoyment.”
Games such as the NASCAR Pick Em do not constitute as sports betting, so being located in a state that offers legal sports betting is not required. This style of gaming is permitted, as players do not risk anything of value for the chance to win money.
Regardless, NASCAR has certainly moved forward rapidly with engaging their fan base around sports betting and the involvement of mini-games.
“We hope that with additional rooting interests throughout the race, fans will feel even more invested and involved, bringing their viewing experience to a whole new level,” said Pozner.
In May, NASCAR joined into a partnership with Genius Sports, which will allow for official race data to be used on the live and mobile betting platform associated with Genius (that are currently in the developmental stage).
Soon after, NASCAR joined forces with The Action Network in a betting content partnership becoming the first sports league to partner with the network. This has allowed for The Action Network to discuss race-day matchups on NASCAR’s platform and increase engagement of the fans even further.
How To Play NASCAR Pick Em
With each approved race, players will be given the opportunity to select one driver from a group of four to determine who will finish with the best time. This comes in three stages, where the group of four is matched up with racers of similar NASCAR Cup Standings.
Players are then asked to select the first, second, and third place finishers out of the entire racing field. The top three positions must be made in the exact order, similar to what a trifecta bet in horse racing would be.
At the end of the race, any contestant that has correctly chosen the fastest driver of the group and determined the finishing order of the top three in exact order will take home a chunk of the $10,000.
If no player met the qualifications to win, the $10,000 will roll over into the next race’s Pick ‘Em, where the winner(s) will be awarded a $20,000 prize share (and so on until a winner is claimed, resetting the weekly total to $10,000).
Aside from the grand prize, players will also be able to compete for a $1,000 prize share, which is to be split amongst the top scorer(s) of the week.
The game was developed by Boom Fantasy and CEO of the company, Stephen A. Murphy, is excited about the ease at which users can play.
“The progressive jackpot and dynamic live tracking on the Predictor app will offer NASCAR fans a thrilling way to enhance their viewing experience,” said Murphy. “These games are easy to understand and … it will take fans less than a minute for a chance to win $10,000 each week.”
This past weekend’s Daytona 500 was the first race that players were able to participate in the Pick ‘Em game, but the event was called early due to weather. With no winner, the $10,000 moved into this week’s prize pool and will give players a chance to win $20,000 on the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart at the Kentucky Speedway.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.