The 2018 NASCAR season has begun, which means that speculators and bettors are looking for ways to make their money back. One of the most intriguing bets this year is on the total number of laps that will be completed at the Kansas Speedway. The underdogs in this particular wager are the popular Las Vegas-based betting agency, SunSports, which maintains a small track records book and also handles most of the overseas wagers. That being said, the number-counters at Bovada insist that the smart money is on the underdogs this year, especially since the early betting odds for this specific wager have the over/unders at 2.5 goals, while the current odds for the SunSports’ team, the “Over,” are 10/1.
Let’s take a look at how the numbers crunchers behind the scenes track the total number of laps at Kansas Speedway.
How Many Laps Does Kansas Speedway Have?
While it is always fun to speculate on race results, it is more exciting to do so with knowledge. Thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of online sportsbooks and mobile betting, we have access to the most up-to-date information on any given racing event. With a little bit of research, we can uncover numerous details about an upcoming race that can help us place better winning bets.
Let’s begin with a detailed look at the track itself. As most racing fans know, Kansas Speedway is one of the newest and most modern sports venues in the entire country. Construction on the motorsport palace began in the summer of 2017 and was completed less than a year later. The $110 million dollar project was a bold initiative by the city of Kansas and its mayor, Kevin Kiernan. Not only does the venue cater to motorsport enthusiasts, but it also contains a number of shops and restaurants, along with a movie theater.
The track itself is an oval, measuring 4.990 miles long. According to Road and Track, “The track was designed by Geoff Cameron, who also did Atlanta and Talladega Superspeedways. It flattens out a lot and allows for more passing. It also brings a unique experience for fans. The carousel-style seating, which hugs the track’s wall, provides excellent views of everything that’s happening.” The track’s design is such that the majority of the seating is on the inside, with only a few “cheap” seats available for those looking to place a wager from the stands.
The venue’s grand opening was on March 29, 2018, with the first race taking place only three days later. Interestingly, the race was delayed a day due to heavy snow. The first official NASCAR race at the brand-new track had over 24,000 in attendance, with fans lining the track’s wall and standing outside in the cold. As a result of the great turnout, the following Saturday’s race was postponed until the following week.
Thanks to the snow delay, we now have numbers to work with. The NASCAR race on Saturday was originally scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. EST but was postponed until March 31 at 10 a.m. Due to the inclement weather, the teams and tracks were forced to wait it out. During that time, the track was closed to regular traffic and became a “winter ballvenue” for partygoers. What does that mean? Well, in addition to the party atmosphere inside the stadium, those in attendance were able to watch the racing event from outside the wall. That’s right: those standing outside the track in the cold were able to see the cars go by. It must have been a sight to behold.
The racing season at the famous NASCAR oval is scheduled to begin on February 11 and end on November 18. However, as is usually the case, several races are likely to be postponed due to inclement weather or other circumstances. On that note, here are the current projected lap totals for the 68th annual Kansas Speedway race.
Can A Lap Counter Get It Right?
With all of that information readily available, we can now get a good idea of how many laps will be completed at the 68th annual Kansas Speedway race. That being said, it is always a good idea to double-check these kinds of stats and get some confirmation. Fortunately for us, thanks to a combination of online resources and a little bit of luck, we can rely on some trusted lap counting stats.
Taking a look at various online forums and online sportsbooks, we can see that many tracks maintain a detailed records book, containing everything from car specifications and race results to the attendance and weather at each event. Let’s take a quick look at what these databases contain regarding the Kansas Speedway.
- Track attendance
- Track weather
- Past race results
- Cars involved in accidents
The site SportsBettingOdds.com has compiled an excellent records book, containing all of the relevant information we need to make a smart wager on the number of laps. Thanks to a special relationship with the Kansas Speedway, they were able to obtain the attendance numbers and weather history for the track. In addition to that, they were also able to get the car specifications and accidents for each of the 68 races held at the track. That ought to tell you something about the level of detail these places go through.
Forbes magazine reported in December 2017 that the estimated worth of the Kansas Speedway was $120 million. With a grand opening price tag of $110 million and an annual operating cost of only $2-3 million, it certainly seems like a lucrative business venture. In other words, if you’re looking for an income source, there’s a good chance you could profit from betting on the number of laps at the Kansas Speedway.
What Is The Margin Of Error?
While it’s fun to make a wager on the total number of laps at a particular race, it’s always important to place these kinds of bets in context. What is the margin of error in these odds? Well, that depends on the volatility of the race and the track. After all, a 4.6-mile oval with no accidents over the last three seasons doesn’t exactly instill a lot of confidence in a lap-total wager.
According to the data provided by SportsBettingOdds.com, the margin of error for the total number of laps at the Kansas Speedway is 3.65 goals, as of January 5, 2018.
Is It Worth Going All The Way To Kansas?
Let’s say for the sake of argument that we’re not interested in placing a wager on the number of laps at the Kansas Speedway. Instead, we decide to travel all the way down to the track in Kansas City, which is a seven-hour drive from our home in Philadelphia, depending on traffic. In that case, we’d need to make some calculations to determine if it’s really worth making the trip. It’s also important to keep in mind the travel time to and from the airport, as well as finding a good parking spot near the stadium, which is not easy especially during the week. All together, that’s a lot of added stress for a long day of betting, especially on a wager that loses.
With all the travel and logistical concerns that come with traveling to a different state to watch a race, it’s probably not the wisest investment of time and effort. But, if you’re looking for something completely different, then it’s worth a visit. The same goes for the Kansas Speedway. While it is a fun and exciting place to watch a race, it might not be worth the stress and hassle of driving there. Especially since we now have excellent online options for placing wagers, wherever we want, whenever we want.