Nevada Gaming Control Approves eNASCAR iRacing Betting
Chris Graythen/Getty Images. Pictured: William Byron, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet, pits during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series Race – O’Reilly Auto Parts 125 at virtual Texas Motor Speedway
According to ESPN’s David Purdum, Nevada Gaming Control has officially given the green light for the state’s sportsbook to offer betting on eNASCAR iRacing.
With most major sports postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, NASCAR has found success with its eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
The NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational’s season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway set a record for the most-viewed eSports event in U.S. TV history, which was then broken last weekend as more than 1.3 million viewers tuned in to watch virtual NASCAR racing at Texas Motor Speedway.
Prior to NASCAR’s first foray into iRacing at Homestead, Circa Sportsbook, which is based in Vegas, attempted to offer eNASCAR betting before being shut down by gaming officials.
The key questions now surround whether Nevada sportsbooks will offer wagering on Sunday’s Food City Showdown at Bristol and, in addition, whether the approval covers all eNASCAR events, not just the Pro Invitational Series.
This week’s Food City Showdown at Bristol Motor Speedway will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on FOX, FS1 and/or the Fox Sports App.