The Great American Race is here.
Racing’s biggest day sparks the beginning of the 2012 Sprint Cup season. Another new year brings another year of wagering fake money on every race, which ought to be interesting when you see the numbers coupled with the action we’ve seen over the last week.
As always, there are three ground rules for my picks:
I bet fifty fake dollars on every race.
My goal is to double my fake money should I win.
I never follow the rules I make up during the year.
The 2012 Daytona 500 is one of the toughest picks of the entire year. Fans have no idea how pack racing will impact the field, who will randomly wreck ten other cars or how long teams can tandem run before the engine blows up.
The good news is odds makers even the number out, giving people a chance to get elite drivers and good odds. With all of that in mind, it’s time to spread out my fake money.
Ten fake dollars on Tony Stewart at 12/1
Stewart was the sole reason I was up in 2011. No way I’m getting off that train.
Seven fake dollars on Kasey Kahne at 15/1
Kahne ended last season hot, has better equipment and ran well during testing. The other Hendrick cars just don’t fit well enough into my master plan.
Five fake dollars on Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Greg Biffle at 20/1
I think Hamlin rebounds, Keselowski contends and Biffle costs me more facke money again in 2012.
Five fake dollars on Matt Kenseth at 22/1
I think he can win the Sprint Cup. Why not start now?
Five fake dollars on AJ Allmendinger and Joey Logano at 30/1
Both need to get a win this year. Why not now with the packages they’re running?
Three fake dollars on Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at 35/1
His best friend is Trevor Bayne. It would be a great story.
Fifty fake dollars. Nine drivers. Nobody knows who is going to win the Daytona 500 Sunday. So spread the wealth, see what The Spread thinks, enjoy the race and insert random catchphrase here.
Kevin Harvick #29
Kyle Busch #18
Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88
Jeff Gordon #24
Carl Edwards #99
Tony Stewart #14
Jimmie Johnson #48
Kasey Kahne #5
Brad Keselowski #2
Denny Hamlin #11
Jeff Burton #31
Greg Biffle #16
Jamie McMurray #1
Matt Kenseth #17
Kurt Busch #51
Marcos Ambrose #9
Clint Bowyer #12
A.J. Allmendinger #22
Joey Logano #20
Paul Menard #27
Martin Truex Jr. #56
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #6
Ryan Newman #39
Trevor Bayne # 21
Juan Pable Montoya #42
Mark Martin #55
David Ragan #34
Regan Smith #78
Elliott Sadler #33
Michael Waltrip #40
Danica Patrick #10
David Reutimann #93
Casey Mears #13
Bobby Labonte #47
Aric Amirola #43
David Gilliland #38