Goodyear 400

Darlington Raceway Race Track
Darlington Raceway Location

Darlington, South Carolina, United States


NASCAR Cup Series Race at DR

Darlington Raceway Race Track

Race Track

Madison, Illinois, United States

Madison, Illinois, United States

Sunday June 5, 2022

3:30 pm ET

Madison, Illinois, United States

Sunday, May 12, 2024

3:00 PM

Betting Insights for Goodyear 400

As this race wasn’t held from 2005 to 2019, there are no current drivers with multiple wins at the Darlington spring race. However, in the three races that have occurred since the reopening in 2020, two of the three races have been won by the Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing by Denny Hamlin (2020) and Martin Truex, Jr. (2021) with the third race claimed by Kevin Harvick in a Stewart-Haas Racing Ford in the first race of 2020.

Details of Goodyear 400

Date: Sunday, May 12, 2024

Hour: 15:00 EST

Track: Darlington Raceway

Location: Darlington, SC, USA

Distance:  293 laps around the 1.366-mile, egg-shaped-oval for a total of 400.2 miles.

How To Read NASCAR Betting Odds

Before you bet on a NASCAR race, there are different ways to bet on NASCAR races. Futures bets, where you place a wager on a result to be determined later such as “who will win the cup series”. Then, there are weekly wagers on who will win the race or driver match-ups where you wager on which driver will place ahead of the other.

When wagering on NASCAR, you might notice the favorite will almost always have a plus sign next to their odds. In other sports, the favorite is usually shown with a minus sign next to the odds. If the favorite has a minus sign such as -120, you have to wager that number to profit $100. As an example, you have to bet $120 to win $220, a profit of $100. If the race favorite has a plus sign next to his name,  like +120, then that is what you would profit by betting $100.

Futures Betting

Futures bets are a type of prop bet which entails betting on the future results of a certain driver or team. Common examples could be; will Kyle Larson repeat as the NASCAR Cup Champion? Or which race team will finish with the most wins in 2023?

Goodyear 400 History

The spring race at Darlington began in 1952, but didn’t become a regular stop on the series until 1957. As it grew in distance from the original 100-mile race to the 400-mile race of today, it also grew in fan popularity as a favorite on the NASCAR schedule. Then in 2005, as part of the Ferko Lawsuit, Darlington lost one of its two annual races. The Labor Day race was moved to the spring for a year and was then moved back to the fall.

In 2020, it was announced that spring racing would return to Darlington due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It would host two May races (May 17 and May 20), replacing the Chicagoland race and the Richmond Raceway event. In September 2020, it was announced that Darlington would retain a spring race each year on Mother’s Day as part of a massive NASCAR realignment.

Fun Facts about NASCAR Goodyear 400 race

  • In 2003, Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch battled down to the wire. Craven took the checkered flag by literally 1-2 inches and set a record for the closest margin of victory ever with a 0.002-second differential. It was later matched in 2011 at the spring race in Talladega when Jimmie Johnson inched out Clint Bowyer.

  • Kevin Harvick’s 2020 win was his second at Darlington and also his 50th career Cup Series win.

  • David Pearson is the all-time leader of wins at the Darlington spring race with seven. He won them for three different race teams (Holman-Moody, Wood Brothers and Ellington Racing) in the years 1968, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976 and 1980.

NASCAR Standings

Division line NASCAR

NASCAR Goodyear 400 Race Betting tips

Each week you can wager on which driver will win that week’s race. Also, many sportsbooks will allow you to be a little more cautious and choose whether a driver will finish in the top three, top five, or other options.

Picking a racer to win a race is a risky task as there are crashes, car failures, and even problems on pit road. To get beyond that and run the perfect race over all the other drivers is very difficult indeed and that’s why the odds have a good value of +300 (3:1) or more for the favorite of each race and then higher odds for all other drivers following. It’s not unusual to win with a driver that pays +1000 (10:1) on any given race as the level of difficulty to win is so high.

Head-to-head matchups allow bettors to focus on a certain head-to-head battle between two racers, rather than the more general wager of winning the race. These matchups are typically between two drivers or a group of four drivers. Bettors select which driver will have a better result in the race.

NASCAR prop bets are when you wager on specific racing scenarios that may occur. Examples of this could be; how many caution flags will be thrown? Which manufacturer will win the race? The number of crashes in a race. And the list goes on. A fun way to enjoy the market and get away from the seriousness of winning the race.

How To Sign Up At A Betting Site

You need to do your research and find a betting site that you will be able to review different sportsbooks and the wagering options they have available. Some sportsbooks offer more sports or entertainment options. Do your due diligence and find the one that suits your betting style!

Joining sportsbooks is a very simple and painless process. You just need to fill out your basic personal info, such as name, birthdate, email, phone number and mailing address. You don’t have to make a deposit to view the book’s information and options. At this point, you have just built a basic profile before making a deposit to start betting.

After you choose the sportsbook where you want to place your bets, you then have to deposit funds in order to be able to place wagers. Books will offer several different options such as credit cards or crypto currency. Remember to always wager responsibly and deposit an amount that you are comfortable losing and make sure all your personal needs are taken care of before you deposit money into your account.

Now that you have found a sportsbook to your liking and have made a deposit into your account, you can now start placing bets. Simply look for the type of bet you’d like to place, find the bet you want to wager on, and place your bet. Good luck!

NASGoodyear 400 At DR FAQs

The track is an unusual egg shape with the corners at the ends of the track being completely different. This leaves the pit crews trying to find the balance in the car setup to work for each set of corners.

The track did not have lights until 2004, but races typically end with the lights on now.

When the track was being built in 1949, the farmer that sold the property for the track to be built on (Sherman Ramsey) refused to let them take out his minnow pond, so the track shape took on this unusual configuration that remains today.

The race track was originally built for speeds of 60-80 mph. Today, with speeds near 200 mph, the track is difficult to pass on as it is narrow and the groove is higher than other tracks. It’s often said that you have to race the track at Darlington and not the other drivers.

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