2013 NRA 500 ODDS

NASCAR doesn’t make any sense right now.

It’s impossible to write about Sprint  Cup racing, see the title of this column and not address the 800-pound gorilla in the room.  Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there’s no good way to address it Saturday night. It’s not a matter if is something clunky happens, but how soon.  There are plenty of other mindboggling things in play that are more appropriate for Team FOX  to discuss. For example:

What really happened with Mark Martin, Brian Vickers and Denny Hamlin?
How does this substitute package get announced and changed two days later? This screams that someone found out about this, flipped out and nixed the deal. Who with that power wouldn’t have known before the announcement. That doesn’t make any sense right now.
When will words turn into action?
How can Tony Stewart get that angry and be so passive at Martinsville where there’s virtually free opportunity to wreck someone? Nobody went after Joey Logano after Denny Hamlin got near universal support? That doesn’t make any sense right now.
When will I win again?
Math doesn’t matter in the first few races this season. Jimmie Johnson proved me wrong, costing me another 50 fake dollars. Trying to bounc  back, here are my picks for the sake of entertainment alone. 
17 fake dollars on Jimmie Johnson at 6/1
Johnson won here last year, contends often at the track and has surreal swagger right now. 
15 fake dollars on Greg Biffle at 7/1
It’s been well documented Roush Fenway Racing has nine wins in 24 starts at Texas Motor Speedway.  Do 7/1 odds seems too high? Indeed. But Biffle set a course record here last year. .
10 fake dollars on Carl Edwards at 10/1
Edwards has two wins at this track, one win already this season and wins in spurts. Why he is 10/1 is beyond me. 
8 fake dollars on Matt Kenseth at 12/1
I’m breaking two key rules here. I don’t double my fake money and bet on a Toyota after my whole Roush Fenway rant.  Kenseth runs really well here; so too does Denny Hamlin when not getting wrecked and injured on the last laps of races.  He spent forever with Team Roush; I’ll connect dots.
Here’s what The Spread thinks. Let’s hope Saturday night is remembered for racing, and insert random catchphrase here. 
  • For the season:
  • One win
  • Six losses
  • Down 150 fake dollars
Jimmie Johnson 6/1
Kyle Busch 6/1
Brad Keselowski 7/1
Greg Biffle 7/1
Carl Edwards 10/1
Matt Kenseth 12/1
Kasey Kahne 12/1
Tony Stewart 12/1
Jeff Gordon 12/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 15/1
Clint Bowyer 15/1
Kevin Harvick 18/1
Martin Truex Jr 25/1
Brian Vickers 25/1
Mark Martin 30/1
Joey Logano 30/1
Ricky Stenhouse 50/1
Kurt Busch 50/1
Ryan Newman 60/1
Paul Menard 75/1
Jamie McMurray 75/1
Marcos Ambrose 100/1
Aric Almirola 100/1
Jeff Burton 100/1
Trevor Bayne 100/1
AJ Allmendinger 100/1
Danica Patrick 100/1
Casey Mears 100/1
Juan Montoya 100/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1