Imaging playing a regular season game the week after a Super Bowl. It’s happening Sunday in Phoenix.

The 2013 Sprint Cup schedule takes teams to an unpredictable track with varied banking and a new surface. But it’s the same old faces I like at this weekend’s Subway Fresh Fit 500. Here’s why:

Oddsmakers are begging teams to take unheralded drivers. Danica Patrick is 300/1. 300/1 for goodness sake. Team Earhnardt Ganassi is 100/1. Jeff Burton is 100/1. In previous years, it was worth a buck. Now, it’s wasted money.
So too was my dreadful bet against Hendrick Motorsports strategy one week after claiming to ride them the first month of the 2013 Sprint Cup schedule. Down 100 fake dollars, it’s time to get back to basics. 
20 fake dollars on Jimmie Johnson at 6/1


Johnson has won here three out of his last ten tries and own the best average finish among active drivers. This means he has no chance of winning. 
10 fake dollars on Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart at 12/1
I am going to have night sweats about Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch this weekend. But Gordon won here last year. Stewart has to be miffed about Daytona and has great numbers this early in the year. 
10 fake dollars on Kevin Harvick at 15/1
Harvick won here last year, had a great car that got wrecked in Daytona and is racing for wins. 
I still can’t believe there’s a race this weekend. Enjoy it, odds from The Spread and the insertion of random catchphrase here.
For the season: 0/2
Down 100 fake dollars
Jimmie Johnson +600
Denny Hamlin +800
Brad Keselowski +800
Kyle Busch +800
Kasey Kahne +1000
Matt Kenseth +1000
Jeff Gordon +1200
Tony Stewart +1200
Kevin Harvick +1500
Clint Bowyer +1500
Greg Biffle +1500
Carl Edwards +1500
Dale Earnhardt Jr +1500
Mark Martin +2000
Martin Truex Jr +2000
Joey Logano +3000
Ryan Newman +3000
Ricky Stenhouse +5000
Kurt Busch +6000
Jeff Burton +10000
Aric Almirola +10000
Jamie McMurray +10000
Juan Montoya +10000
Marcos Ambrose +10000
Paul Menard +10000
Danica Patrick +30000
Bobby Labonte +30000
Field (Any Other Driver) +5000