FanDuel announced on Monday that it is launching fantasy NASCAR contests beginning this weekend with the GEIGO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. The FanDuel lobby is now listing NASCAR contests with buyins ranging from free to $333 and prize pools as high as $25,000.
The new NASCAR format is a simple offering: pick any five drivers for a day’s race and stay within the $50K salary cap. Then, your drivers will accumulate points based on their final position in the race plus points for laps completed, laps led and overall place differential.
FanDuel will be kicking things off with a $5,000 freeroll on Sunday offering cash prizes and a free entry to the Race to Daytona Championship, which will be giving out $10K in prizes and a VIP trip for two to Daytona.
The other big contest of the weekend is the $25K guaranteed Sunday NASCAR Intimidator with an entry fee of just $4. First place in that one is good for $5,000 and prizes are paid all the way down to 1,470th out of a total field of 7,440.
You can check out the new contests today at:
Introducing the Race to Daytona Promotion
FanDuel is welcoming NASCAR fans with the Race to Daytona Free Play Series starting this weekend and running through June 3rd. From April 29th through June 6th, FanDuel will host a series of five freeroll contests that award cash prizes and seats to the final Race to Daytona Championship contest on June 10th.
Here’s how it works:
- Play in free contests: FanDuel will be holding five free contests between April 29th and June 3rd
- Win entry to the Daytona Championship: Finish first in any of those five free contests or finish first in any Race to Daytona GPP contest during that time to win a spot in the Daytona Championship. Alternatively, you’ll get 1-5 free entries if you finish in the top 10,000 on the Race to Daytona leaderboard.
- Play in the Daytona Championship: On June 10th, FanDuel will hold the Daytona Championship with $10,000 in prizes and a VIP trip for two to Daytona
For the Race to Daytona leaderboard, FanDuel will keep your three bets scores out of the five free Race to Daytona contests. Your final position in your three best results will determine your standing on the leaderboard. Finish anywhere in the top 10,000 on the leaderboard (or win a Race to Daytona contest outright) and you’ll be invited to the Race to Daytona Championship.
The Race to Daytona Championship will have a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000. Additionally, the first place finisher will win a trip for two to Daytona.
You can get started by entering any Race to Daytona GPP or by playing in the following free-to-play contests:
- April 29th: $5,000 Talladega contest
- May 6th: $2,500 Dover contest
- May 13th: $2,500 Kansas contest
- May 27th: $2,500 Charlotte contest
- June 3rd: $2,500 Pocono contest
If you win any of these contests, any of the Race to Daytona GPPs or finish in the top 10,000 on the leaderboard, here’s what you’ll be playing for on June 10th:
$10,000 Daytona Championship Contest
- Free invitation-only entry
- 1st Place: VIP trip for two to the Coke Zero Sugar 400 in Daytona on July 7th where you’ll get a pre-race ride-along experience, flight and 1 night of hotel accommodations.
- 2nd Place: $1,000
- 3rd Place: $500
- 4-6th Place: $250
- 7-10th Place: $100
- 11-15th Place: $75
- 16-20th Place: $50
- 21-30th Place: $25
- Prizes all the way down to 2,515th Place
NASCAR Scoring Rules at FanDuel
FanDuel has updated its website with new NASCAR scoring rules. Under the new format, players will be given a virtual salary of $50,000 used to draft any five drivers for the race of the day.
After you draft your five drivers, they’ll be scored according to the following rules.
- Lap Completed: +0.1 points
- Lap Led: +0.1 points
- Overall Place Differential: +/- 0.5 points
Points are also awarded for each driver’s finishing position:
|Position||Points Earned||Position||Points Earned|
|1st||43 points||2nd||40 points|
|3rd||38 points||4th||37 points|
|5th||36 points||6th||35 points|
|7th||34 points||8th||33 points|
|9th||32 points||10th||31 points|
|11th||30 points||12th||29 points|
|13th||28 points||14th||27 points|
|15th||26 points||16th||25 points|
|17th||24 points||18th||23 points|
|19th||22 points||20th||21 points|
|21st||20 points||22nd||19 points|
|23rd||18 points||24th||17 points|
|25th||16 points||26th||15 points|
|27th||14 points||28th||13 points|
|29th||12 points||30th||11 points|
|31st||10 points||32nd||9 points|
|33rd||8 points||34th||7 points|
|35th||6 points||36th||5 points|
|37th||4 points||38th||3 points|
|39th||2 points||40th||1 point|
FanDuel is Fully on Board with Single-Game Contests
FanDuel’s biggest competitor DraftKings was first to the single-game punch when DraftKings began offering NASCAR contests in 2015. The move appeared somewhat risky at the time from a legal perspective due to the wording of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA).
The UIGEA carved out an exemption for fantasy sports contests, but only if those contests are based on “multiple real-world sporting” events. DraftKings decided to test the limit by hosting NASCAR contests, presumably viewing each driver’s participation in a single race as individual sporting events.
However, no states challenged DraftKings on the legality of NASCAR contests in the intervening years. Fantasy sites were still hesitant to hold contests based on a single NFL or NBA game after 2015, but that too changed when DraftKings launched single-game contests for last season’s NFL Playoffs.
FanDuel followed shortly after with its own single-game contests for the 2018 Super Bowl. No states have challenged either site’s interpretation of the law and now it seems FanDuel has determined the risk of legal action to be low enough to warrant expanding into single-race NASCAR contests.