NASCAR Champion’s Week At The Linq Dec. 2-4

The Linq Hotel Las Vegas
The Linq Hotel

Sharing for NASCAR peeps in Vegas this week

Press release info:

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week fan experience will be anchored in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip as The Linq Promenade hosts – Champion’s Week Live. Open from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. each day, fans can get their photos taken with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series trophy and view The Challenger 16 cars on display. The NASCAR Superstore is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. inside Flamingo Las Vegas, where fans can purchase The Challenger 16 merchandise. NASCAR will also host a fan Q&A session with the 16 drivers.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
· 8 a.m. – The Challenger 16 cars load into the LINQ Promenade
· 10-10:20 a.m. – Q&A session with Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Joey Logano and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
· 10:30-11 a.m. – Q&A session with Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards
· 11-11:30 a.m. – Q&A session with Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, and Ryan Newman
· 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Q&A session with Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
· 11:40 a.m. – Special appearance by Matt Kenseth

WHERE: The LINQ Fountain Stage

You can find more details at NASCAR.com.

Related: Here’s info for the 25% off Linq Hotel Rooms With Caesars Cyber Week sale.

Daytona 500 Picks

I don’t follow NASCAR like I do baseball, football and basketball so my picks may not have much behind them.  That said I went for Top 3 finishes for 2 different drivers for the Daytona 500 since I don’t think I know enough to pick a winner.  JeffBurton (above) was 7/2 when I picked him and Paul Menard was 12/1 when I picked him.

Daytona 500 Odds

It’s the Super Bowl of NASCAR, Daytona 500, this weekend and odds are out from my friends at sportsbook.com.  The odds are changing regularly, so check sportsbook.com for current odds.

Below are odds for both winners and top 3 finishers.  I don’t know NASCAR very well, so I’ll probably throw something on a top 3 finish like I did a few years ago when I placed Clint Bowyer who came in fourth place.  I’ve called Bowyer “My man Clint” since that day.

My early lean is to Kurt Busch, but it’s still early for me.  I’ll watch ESPN and Speed and probably just tweet any play I make.  Click any driver to get to sportsbook.com.

WINNER

AJ Allmendinger +5000
Bobby Labonte +10000
Brad Keselowski +4000
Brian Vickers +3500
Carl Edwards +2000
Clint Bowyer +1500
Dale Earnhardt Jr +600
David Ragan +5000
David Reutimann +3500
Denny Hamlin +1500
Greg Biffle +2500
Jamie McMurray +1200
Jeff Burton +1500
Jeff Gordon +800
Jimmie Johnson +1200
Joey Logano +2000
Juan Montoya +2500
Kasey Kahne +3000
Kevin Harvick +700
Kurt Busch +1500
Kyle Busch +800
Marcos Ambrose +10000
Mark Martin +3000
Martin Truex Jr +4000
Matt Kenseth +3000
Paul Menard +6000
Regan Smith +10000
Ryan Newman +3000
Tony Stewart +1000
Field (Any Other Driver) +3000

TOP 3

AJ Allmendinger +1500
Bobby Labonte +3000
Brad Keselowski +1200
Brian Vickers +1000
Carl Edwards +600
Clint Bowyer +450
Dale Earnhardt Jr +180
David Ragan +1500
David Reutimann +1000
Denny Hamlin +450
Greg Biffle +750
Jamie McMurray +350
Jeff Burton +450
Jeff Gordon +240
Jimmie Johnson +350
Joey Logano +600
Juan Montoya +750
Kasey Kahne +900
Kevin Harvick +200
Kurt Busch +450
Kyle Busch +240
Marcos Ambrose +3000
Mark Martin +900
Martin Truex Jr +1200
Matt Kenseth +900
Paul Menard +1800
Regan Smith +3000
Ryan Newman +900
Tony Stewart +300
Field (Any Other Driver) +900

Super Bowl Losers Get Free Vegas Vacation If The Want

400 people weren’t able to watch the Super Bowl last weekend in Dallas, because the NFL sold seats that never actually existed or could be built.  Well, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Stratosphere hotel are looking to a) hook those people up and b) help themselves with a pretty cool offer.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower are offering all 400 ticket holders free passes to three days of NASCAR racing, March 4-6. The hotel will provide free rooms for four attendees, chosen by lottery. The partners hope to attract a third sponsor, an airline that will donate free airfare for several attendees.

This is a publicity stunt, but it’s also a nice offer – especially if they can get someone (Southwest?) to pitch in airfare.  It won’t make up for the NFL’s gaffe, but it’s a gesture.  With airfare included it’s more than the NFL has done.

NASCAR Betting On The Rise

I’ve made a couple of posts on betting NASCAR races around the past couple of Daytona 500 races.  Few people have told me that they actually bet on any NASCAR events.  From what I’ve read NASCAR television ratings are dropping so the fact that betting on NASCAR is on the rise is a little surprising.

“We have grown every year in NASCAR wagering,” Hilton manager Ed Salmon told ESPN. “Our odds to win handle has increased an amazing amount from when we started in June of 2004.”

Ya learn something new every day.  I don’t know NASCAR well enough to bet on it, but I have noticed myself watching it a little more than I used to so maybe I’ll dabble in this down the line.

Daytona 500 Odds

Last year was the first and only time I placed a bet on a NASCAR race.  At least it was the Daytona 500.  I don’t know enough to gamble wisely on NASCAR.  Below are the odds if you’re into driving.  If I get bored later I’ll throw a few bucks on Brian Vickers and/or Kyle Busch.

As a reminder + means you bet $100 to win the amount below.  For example; AJ Allmendinger is +5000.  A $100 bet would pay $5,000 meaning he’s 50-1.

•    AJ Allmendinger +5000
•    Bobby Labonte +8000
•    Brad Keselowski +5000
•    Brian Vickers +4000
•    Carl Edwards +1800
•    Clint Bowyer +2500
•    Dale Earnhardt Jr +800
•    David Ragan +2500
•    David Reutimann +4000
•    Denny Hamlin +1200
•    Elliott Sadler +4000
•    Greg Biffle +2500
•    Jamie McMurray +3000
•    Jeff Burton +2500
•    Jeff Gordon +1200
•    Jimmie Johnson +500
•    Joey Logano +4000
•    Juan Pablo Montoya +2000
•    Kasey Kahne +1500
•    Kevin Harvick +900
•    Kurt Busch +1500
•    Kyle Busch +800
•    Marcos Ambrose +6000
•    Mark Martin +1000
•    Martin Truex Jr +5000
•    Matt Kenseth +2000
•    Michael Waltrip +10000
•    Paul Menard +10000
•    Ryan Newman +3000
•    Sam Hornish Jr +6000
•    Scott Speed +10000
•    Tony Stewart +600
•    zx Field (Any Other Driver) +6000