2013 STP 400 ODDS

Dear Brad Keselowksi,

 
Having lived in Michigan for six years, I admire your guts, opinions, determination and dedication. So I say this with as much due respect as possible.
 
Stop trying to be the Stone Cold Steve Austin of NASCAR.

 
 
Drinking beer, dropping bad language and fighting the man make for a great character in scripted entertainment. It sells shirts and seems like a great deal of fun. Sprint Cup champions should have fun. They should be able to speak their mind and enjoy time with President Obama.

 
Your rant Saturday may have been accurate, believable or utter junk. The truth is it doesn’t matter. Unlke pro wrestling, you can’t give a Stone Cold Stunner to Brian France and drive away on a Zamboni with a title belt. NASCAR is judge, jury and executioner of your crew chief for six weeks. And while you have enough skill to still make the Chase, your teammate Joey Logano is in a  tough spot now.
 
Two drivers have lashed out against NASCAR. One got wrecked, will miss six weeks and not see the offending driver get punished. You can now kiss the regular season title goodbye. NASCAR needs more characters like Brad Keselowski. Those characters can only act when in the play. Don’t allow words to make your title chances exit stage right.
 
I may enter the poorhouse after Kyle Busch’s win Saturday night. Down 200 fake dollars, here are my picks for the sake of entertainment alone. 
 
20 fake dollars on Jimmie Johnson at 6/1
Johnson has the highest active finish among active drivers at Kansas, won here twice, finished first and second at comparable tracks last year and is already racing for wins to help with Chase positioning. And 6/1 might be the best numbers we see from the #48 all year.
 
13 fake dollars on Matt Kenseth at 8/1
Kenseth won here last year. His Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin also won here last year. Only Greg Biffle and Johnson have led more laps here in the last five years.
 
9 fake dollars on Carl Edwards at 12/1
Over the last five years, only Johnson has better Kansas numbers than Edwards. But the #99 has never won here in that time. 
 
8 fake dollars on Martin Truex Jr. at 8/1
Truex Jr. almost got off the hump last week. And even though Chowder Man didn’t win at Kansas last year, he had the best average finish in the two races.
 
Let’s home Sunday’s race is remembered for action on the track. Here’s what the Spread thinks. Enjoy the race, and insert random catchphrase here. 
 
For the season
  • One Win
  • Seven Losses
  • Down 200 fake dollars
Jimmie Johnson 6/1
Kyle Busch 7/1
Brad Keselowski 7/1
Matt Kenseth 8/1
Greg Biffle 8/1
Carl Edwards 12/1
Kasey Kahne 12/1
Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1
Jeff Gordon 12/1
Clint Bowyer 15/1
Martin Truex Jrn15/1
Kevin Harvick 15/1
Tony Stewart 20/1
Brian Vickers 25/1
Joey Logano 25/1
Aric Almirola 40/1
Mark Martin 40/1
Kurt Busch 50/1
Ricky Stenhouse 60/1
Ryan Newman 60/1
Marcos Ambrose 75/1
Paul Menard 75/1
Jamie McMurray 75/1
Elliott Sadler 100/1
Juan Montoya 100/1
Jeff Burton 200/1
Regan Smith 300/1
Danica Patrick 300/1
Casey Mears 300/1
Field (Any Other Driver) 50/1