So much for that strategy.

After banking most of the offseason on the idea Hendrick Motorsports cars will dominate the 2013 Sprint Cup, team Hendrick sputtered at Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited. Now down a fake 50 dollars before the first real race of the season, it’s time to regroup for Sunday’s Great American Race.

Daytona is a wild card. Qualifying in actual race environments helps whittle down the field. But racing at  a superspeedway negates the precision of a pick. Plus, it’s Daytona. Everyone goes all out for 500 miles. It’s probably one of the three toughest races to pick all year. But I will, with the same simple rules from last year:
  • Fifty fake dollars on the line every week 
  • Every pick must double my fake money
  • Hope I don’t embarrass my family more than I already have. 
With that in mind, fake picks for the sake of entertainment purposes alone. 
10 fake dollars on Matt Kenseth at +1000

Kenseth won Daytona last year in a Ford. This year, his Toyota looked to be the fastest car during the Sprint Unlimited before getting caught in traffic.  It would be quite the start to his Joe Gibbs Racing career.

10 fake dollars on Tony Stewart at +1000

There isn’t a drive alive who has done better and Datyona over the last five years than Stewart. The 500 is the only monkey on his back. His employee’s car is on the pole. Stewart will have a fast car and the experience to use it correctly Sunday.
10 fake dollars on Kasey Kahne at +1200
Kahne hasn’t excelled at Daytona but does well at bigger tracks. I have the believe Hendrick cars will do well with the Gen-6 and think his numbers are most appealing.
10 fake dollars on Jeff Gordon at +1200
A good starting position and that amount of experience….why not?
10 fake dollars Clint Bowyer at +1800
A good track record, Toyota technology and twice the number of Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch. 
There are 20 drivers who can win Sunday. I only hope my new strategy evens up the season. Here’s what The Spread thinks. Enjoy the race Sunday, and insert random catchphrase here.
For the season: 0/1
Fake Profit/Loss: Down 50 fake dollars
Kevin Harvick +900
Tony Stewart +1000
Kyle Busch +1000
Matt Kenseth +1000
Kasey Kahne +1200
Dale Earnhardt Jr +1200
Brad Keselowski +1200
Jimmie Johnson +1200
Jeff Gordon +1200
Denny Hamlin +1500
Clint Bowyer +1800
Greg Biffle +1800
Carl Edwards +2000
Jeff Burton +2500
Jamie McMurray +2500
Martin Truex Jr +2500
Ryan Newman +3000
Paul Menard +3000
Kurt Busch +3000
Joey Logano +3000
Mark Martin +3000
Danica Patrick +3000
Marcos Ambrose +4000
Austin Dillon +4000
Ricky Stenhouse +5000
Juan Montoya +5000
Trevor Bayne +7500
Aric Almirola +7500
Bobby Labonte +10000
David Gilliland +20000
Dave Blaney +20000
Casey Mears +20000
Travis Kvapil +20000
Field (Any Other Driver) +2500