Motor Sports Betting Pick: NASCAR iRacing Invitational at Richmond

NASCAR! Oh, how I miss you!

We were off to a record start as well!

Having picked the first two racing winners of the season at (+900) and (+700), respectively, we nearly went 4/4 predicting race winners. I was enjoying catching the races on Sunday afternoons and my knowledge base was skyrocketing.

The COVID-19 outbreak has hurt a lot of people in much worse ways than us just not being able to watch some cars go really fast and turn to the left sometimes.

I guess I’m just a little sour but I’m doing my best to accept that the powers that be are making good decisions.

One decision that was not genius whatsoever, in fact it was downright ignorant and stupid, was Kyle Larson dropping the n-word during a microphone check at last week’s iRacing event.

“Are you there? Are you there? Can you hear me? Hello…and then he says it. He wasn’t talking to an African American but that doesn’t change the strength of the word.

It was clear he immediately regretted it but that dude has already lost millions. He is suspended without pay from his team and sponsorships are dumping him like the trash on a Thursday.

He will no longer be with us. The guy was a choke artist, anyway.

We can’t bet on top five or top ten in NASCAR so we rely on a driver’s ability to finish and unfortunately, Kyle Larson lacked the icy veins needed to win consistently in NASCAR.

As far as Sunday’s race goes, you will see some familiar names on the betting board but they won’t exactly be listed where you might imagine.

First of all, Will Byron is the favorite at ONLY (+200)! Wow! That number is unheard of in an actual race. I’ve seen 3 to 1 a few times but never 2 to 1.

Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, and Kevin Harvick are each 33 to 1!

Chase Elliott is 40 to 1 and Ryan Blaney, who was off to the best start to a season he’s ever had, is now sitting at (+6600). I guess these two young guys never liked video games coming up.

I understand the Jimmie Johnson’s and Kevin Harvick’s of the world. They are over 40 years old but I at least thought Blaney and Elliott would have a better chance.

BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for us this week. Let’s get to our pick for NASCAR’s iRacing Invitational at Richmond.

Alex Bowman: +1800

Along with Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman was off to a tremendous start for the 2020 Monster Energy Cup Series in 2020.

With a laser focus and the attention to detail of a military drill instructor, the Tuscon, Arizona native puts himself in position to take advantage of your smallest mistakes.

He is highly technical and has the heart of a lion.

We have seen this on display several times already for the Chevy driver who really started to put fear in the hearts of his colleagues towards the end of last season.

While many of NASCAR’s top drivers’ performances have fallen off since the switch to iRacing, Alex has steadily improved with finishes of 14th, 6th, and 5th in recent weeks.

I love the value we are getting here with Alex and even though I didn’t mention it in the introduction, I think it’s pretty rad that these guys get to go skill for skill.

There’s no human error they can’t control from their pit crew.

It’s just them, a driver’s seat, stick shift, wheel, and Cruisin’ USA!

You guys remember that arcade game?!

I realize iRacing is considerably more sophisticated than a 25-year-old video game but it’s still comparable in appearance, at least.

Alex Bowman has always been a stickler for technique and the iRacing emphasizes such.

Therefore, he gets our first pick to win the iRacing Invitational at Richmond.

Denny Hamlin: +1200

You already know!

In 27 starts at Richmond International Speedway, Denny Hamlin has 13 top fives and 3 trips to victory lane. How can you ignore the hometown guy?

Hamlin grew up just a few miles from the track and drives better here than almost anywhere else. I would say Daytona is his best track and Richmond comes in a close second.

While Alex may be one of the more technical drivers out there, it’s difficult to argue against the creativity of Denny Hamlin in the #11 FedEx Toyota.

He has such a deep heavy toolbox of techniques he can use to get around you when needed or hold you off in the end.

Yes, we are betting on a video game but hey, so is the rest of the world! Get with the times, lol! It’s fun and it will be broadcast on FOX and FOX Sports 1 as well as live streaming on the FOX Sports app.

Denny has already proved he can win on the iRacing circuit with a victory down in Miami.

I love the 12 to 1 odds we are getting with a local driver who has performed at a high level on this very track numerous times.

The Picks

In Conclusion

Yup, you’re just getting two this week, guys!

I would pick the favorite Will Byron but at only (+200), we would still lose money if he won.

The second guy down on the betting board, Timmy Hill, has flourished in iRacing. He always had a hard time getting over the hump driving for real and that’s just how it goes at the highest level of sport.

Check out his three finishes on iRaces thus far: 3rd, 1st, and 3rd. I want to jump on that one too as he is (+500) but with a horrendous record at Richmond in the past, we will let that one go.

I hope we don’t regret it.

Denny and Alex are the two best drivers within their group of betting odds.

Maybe when someone like Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, or Kevin Harvick win one of these things, we can show them some love but I like this tier just below the favorites. 12 to 1, 18 to 1…

Technical Alex and creative Denny will hopefully get us a victory and put some extra cash in our pockets because goodness knows, we need it!

Tune in, turn up, and bet hard!

Mike Pruitt / Author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.