WONDERFUL PISTACHIOS 400 ODDS

NASCAR got what it wanted.The Chase scenarios would confuse a math major. Several drivers would like a good showing to solidify their turf for the playoffs. Some need this race in order to even get in the playoffs. Just so happens the three drivers who need a win most are my picks this week, down a mere 75 fake dollars after Jeff Gordon’s Atlanta win. 20 fake dollars on Denny Hamlin at 9/2The last time Hamlin had a lead and needed a solid finish, he blew it at Homestead. Drivers and tea ...

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ADVOCARE 500 ODDS

It’s official. Nobody knows who’s winning the 2011 Sprint Cup, or the race this weekend. Why is it official? Look at the numbers for this week’s race in Atlanta. We’ve looked at the numbers for every single race the entire 2011 Sprint Cup schedule. There's been nothing like this: The superspeedways always tighten the numbers up because oddsmakers assume a big wreck will happen.  But certain drivers excel in those courses and get a bump.The road courses are always ...

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IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE ODDS

I don't know who will win at Bristol. I know who won't.Kyle Busch.In the last five years, Busch has five wins at Brstol. Only twice has he finished worse than tenth.This year, Busch hasn't finished worse than fifth in any short track start. He has the shortest odds of any driver I've ever since since writing this column. And I still won't pick the guy. Here's why: History is against him:There's only been one repeat winner all year. In the year where everyone wins, that's not a good precedent. ...

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PURE MICHIGAN 400 ODDS

I’m on vacation. In Michigan.  How fitting?I spent six years in Northern Michigan trying to become the next Ron Burgandy. Often, I wondered why all these tourists would show up and create traffic in the summer. Now, I’m creating that traffic and watching some other anchor try to be the next Ron Burgandy. It’s surreal.So too are the changes taking place in NASCAR, where big manufactuers seem to be making bigger changes as we move toward the 2011 Chase. Ford is the new Ch ...

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GOOD SAM RV INSURANCE 500 ODDS

Dear Carl Edwards,You really screwed up my column. I wrote an entire segment about how the distractions surrounding your contract were hurting teams, impacting lines and making it harder to predict winners.   I was going to blame you for my loss at Indi, not Paul Menard who actually won the thing. Yes, I just typed that.  Down a fake 110 dollars, I was going to tout Matt Kenseth at the real leader of Roush Fenway, David Ragan as ready to step up and Ricky Stenhouse as the guy who sh ...

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