It has been announced today that Play Sugar House is one of the first online bookmakers in the USA to offer betting on virtual NASCAR races.
The online betting operator has been approved by regulators in New Jersey to offer the chance for residents to wager on the 2020 eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series.
According to reports, the racing series is expected to resume from an Easter break on the 19th April 2020 following the announcement by NASCAR that the eNASCAR Pro Invitational iRacing Series would be taking the weekend off.
The first race in the series that residents in New Jersey can bet on is the Toyota Owners 400 in Richmond on April 19th.
Chief operating officer at Rush Street Interactive, which operates Play Sugar House Mattias Stetz commented on the news:
“We are happy to be able to offer such an exciting and competitive entertainment event. It’s also fun to see how these talented drivers will compare in the virtual world of competitive racing.”
The virtual NASCAR Cup Series races are as realistic as can be, featuring real stars of past and present including Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
The series of races, which started March 22nd, are being broadcast on FOX Sports during typical NASCAR broadcast times and have been huge hits drawing over a million viewers to the fierce iRacing competition.
The virtual racing schedule is designed to follow the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, which had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with the Toyota Owners 400, the virtual NASCAR series includes the Geico 500 at Talledega and the Cup Series race at Dover and looks to make virtual stops at fan-favorite tracks from coast to coast.
“Until we have cars back on track, the entire NASCAR community has aligned to provide our passionate fans with a unique, fun and competitive experience on race day. Our long-time partners at iRacing offer an incredible product, and we are excited to see how many of our best drivers will stack up in the virtual domain of competitive racing.”
Said Ben Kennedy, NASCAR vice president of racing development.