Could gambling at NASCAR tracks boost series? Drivers and fans think so Martin Rogers, USA TODAY · September 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm As NASCAR’s playoff season prepares to burst into life this weekend, gambling is on everyone’s mind — and not just because the stock car circuit’s traveling circus has touched down in Sin City. Sunday marks the start of the 10-week postseason stretch where drivers will be betting on their abilities while also taking the kind of calculated risks needed to maximize their chances of taking home the championship prize in November. Yet betting itself is also a topic of heavy discussion. With NASCAR looking at ways to boost interest and appeal to a wider audience, the idea of on-track gaming has been consistently broached, especially with federal sports wagering laws having been significantly loosened.