TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 ODDS

How fitting the week Red Bull Racing dumps NASCAR that the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule takes us to wine country?Relaxed sipping and right turns don’t seem like an odd mix. It is an odd mix. So are the following realities that come from Red Bull’s departure. Danica Patrick is more likely to have a full-time ride next year than Brian Vickers.Patrick has a guaranteed sponsor in a sport craving them. Vickers is good. But is he good enough to lure a sponsor for a fourth team at Joe Gibbs ...

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HELUVA GOOD 400 ODDS

What would Kid Rock do?Down a fake 210 dollars after last week’s debacle at Dover, I come to my former home state looking for some home cooking. But for reasons beyond me, the reasons to pick the favorites aren’t my favorite idea. Carl Edwards is the only person to win twice at this track in the last five years. And while Edwards is a threat to win the 2011 Sprint Cup, he only has one win all year. When Kevin Harvick was in this spot last season, Jimmie Johnson was still the favor ...

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5-HOUR ENERGY 500 ODDS

So the fuel duel discussion really has me thinking…Fake wagers on Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne would each have paid enough to make my fake year.Last year, the best odds you could get for a win was 30/1. Trend? Hiccup? The answer to that question will dictate the rest of 2011 and my ability to stop the bleeding, down a fake 160 after Keselowski’s win. For those who say it’s a trend, there is valid support. David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger have ...

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COCA-COLA 600 ODDS

It's time to celebrate the people who allow us to enjoy the start of summer. What better way than to watch 600 miles of people tuning left while having copious amounts of meat in your hand? Actually, this video. Down a mere 60 fake dollars after winning with David Ragan last week, The Coca Cola 600 is one of the three toughest races to predict all year. It all has to do with the marathon element that makes Sunday night so intriguing. 1. Weather can become an issueThis race can last more than ...

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SPRINT SHOWDOWN ODDS

 Reaching a new low has never made me feel so high and mighty.After last year’s debacle, I promised myself to never bet on any event with the word “all” and “star.” So I planned to take a week off and attempt to tolerate my in laws. Then a funny thing happened. This article was released. The Sprint Showdown is like the anti all-star race. None of the driver have won in the last two years. Some like David Ragan and AJ Allmendinger found bad luck. Others like ...

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UPDATED FEDEX 400 ODDS

Dear Soapbox, I hope you’re reinforced. The 2011 Sprint Cup Season has been tremendous on the track. But like any live event, there are things that can happen off the track to make it even more eventful. With this week’s Dover picks awfully simple based on previous track records and me needing a win (nice job Regan Smith), here are some things that have to happen. MMA Bout Between Juan Montoya and Ryan NewmanThree rounds. Three minutes. A fat $100,000 check to each person’s ...

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SHOWTIME SOUTHERN 500 ODDS

Order. We all want it. We never really get it.The more order, the more trends develop. The more trends develop, the more we can anticipate, feel easy and stress less. Crews seek order in their cars. Golfers seek order in their swing. Baseball pitcher seek order in their delivery. You're lucky to harnass order occasion. You never fully corral it.Same can be said for making race picks. After Joe Gibbs Racing smacked me in the mouth, I'm down sixty fake dollars. I'll take the loss though, because I ...

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MATTHEW AND DANIEL HANSEN 400 ODDS

Sink. Swim. As Keanu Reeves said in "Speed" when stealing a line from Dennis Hopper, “What do you do?”It’s the end of April and the beginning of the “Oh crap, is our 2011 really in trouble?” part of the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule.  For me, I’m down a fake ten dollars and have plenty of time to succeed. For Joe Gibbs Racing, this weekend’s race at Richmond is a benchmark for sinking or swimming in 2011. "I wish I could say something c ...

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SAMSUNG MOBILE 500 ODDS

I need a dart. Or a Magic 8 Ball. Or an octopus that picks race winners. There isn’t a harder place to pick a winner than Texas. It’s great to type this after Kevin Harvick hosed me over again leaving me down a fake $110 going into my least favorite place to pick a winner. It would seem obvious to pick Denny Hamlin. After all, he swept Texas last year and has a great average finishing position. Heck, he was the only driver to finish fifth or better in both Texas races. Problem is ...

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GOODY’S FAST PAIN RELIEF 500 ODDS

There’s an old saying in coaching that you enjoy the wins for 24 hours, mourn the losses for 24 hours, then get over it and move on.Tell that to Jimmie Johnson. Or me for that matter. After Kevin Harvick’s pass, I’m down a fake sixty dollars (100 if you count my membership to the "Kevin Harvick Stinks Fan Club”) and going to place where I should write a really short column.Denny Hamlin owns Martinsville; he swept there last year. The first win came on one leg. With t ...

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