I can not tell a lie. I’m really happy there isn’t a race this weekend.
For starters, it means I can bask in the glow of a Jimmie Johnson victory at Talladega. That means the George Washington of making fake wagers on a NASCAR website is down a mere ten fake dollars as we head into the weekend.
It also means all racing fans get a chance to contemplate some pretty big concepts that could shake up your favorite sport. For example:

Odds Carl Edwards jumps to Joe Gibbs Racing: 7/1
Talk about burying the lead. How did ESPN not sensationalize the tar out of this Edwards report?

Sources said he has visited with Joe Gibbs Racing, which would have to expand to a fourth team to accomodate such an addition.

Could you imagine Edwards as a teammate of Kyle Busch? That reality show would trump any real housewife of any city.

The problem is I can’t see it happening. Edwards is the crown jewel of Roush Fenway Racing. He wouldn’t have that guarantee at Camp Gibbs. Plus, the new Ford engine looks really good. The current Toyota engine doesn’t. Unless Gibbs offers up part ownership of Subway, I can’t see it happening.

Odds of a NASCAR wives show: Even Money

This has to happen.  If the guys won’t throw drinks at each other and throw punches, the women need to step up. All I want is a producer credit.

Odds Paul Menard wins a race in 2011 8/1

Menard sure is looking like this year’s McMurray: a dude who keeps his name in the news for being good but isn’t good enough to make the Chase.  Credit Richard Childress, Menard or blind luck, but the guy hasn’t made the terrible mistake to knock him out of contention. Add the horsepower tracks still on the schedule and those 40/1 odds will keep looking awfully enticing.

Odds Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins a race in 2011 1/250

I’m on the bandwagon. Don’t let Andy Lalley wreck into it.

Odds Trevor Bayne runs with the Wood Brothers in 2012 10/1

After Daytona, this was 1/123,567,123. How the buds have fallen off the rose or some other lame flower analogy that I can’t remember because I like racing and beer.  If Edwards stays put, Bayne can’t move up with Roush Fenway. Red Bull Racing would be a slight upgrade seems. Maybe Gibbs can secure a fourth sponsorship?? These options look murky to me too. And honestly, another full year of development wouldn’t hurt Bayne. Just ask Joey Logano.

Odds this column is over: I can not tell a lie. Really good.

Enjoy the Easter weekend, and insert random catchphrase here.

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