BANK OF AMERICA 500 ODDS

My picks stink.As the worst losing streak of my careers continues, let’s not worry about fake picks that haven’t been entertaining (at least not for me) and get Bert Convy on the biggest story in motorsports: Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the concussion crisis in NASCAR. Win: Dale Earnhardt Jr.So the #88 won’t win the Sprint Cup. He wasn’t going to anyway. I remember interviewing him a few years back and was amazed at how well he was able to take information, reflect and grow ...

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GOOD SAM 500 ODDS

It looks so easy on paper. Had I wagered fake money on Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin all season, I would have won nearly 50% of the 2012 Sprint Cup races.At Daytona, this would have seemed out of place. Now, I can’t image doing anything else. What’s amazing here are the odds for Talladega. It’s normally a crap-shoot. The “Big One” knocks out half the field. But consider the following: Who won this race earlier in 2012…Brad Keselowski.Who ...

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AAA 400 ODDS

So the Chase seems to be working.Six drivers are within sixteen points of the lead. Each of the contenders have tracks where they excel and tracks where they struggle. Now we enter one of racing’s most physical tracks, a Monster Mile with monster consequences.Before we get to the fake picks, a quick game of Win, Lose or Draw. Win: Furniture Row RacingKurt Busch could win races next season with this team. His name recognition could yield sponsorship opportunities that could create a seco ...

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SYLVANIA 300 ODDS

It’s amazing what one week can do to the 2012 Sprint Cup season.Jeff Gordon went from sleeper contender to no chance after a mechanical problem. Brad Keselowski went from cute story to points leader. And Denny Hamlin went from calm and confident to must win in the span of a week. Oddsmakers certainly reacted. There is a massive chasm now between contender and afterthought. In three years of writing this column, I’ve never see the divide that exists this week. From 25/1 to 60/1? Th ...

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GEICO 400 ODDS

Tony Stewart ruined my favorite column of the year.Every year, I would write an article using past data to explain why drivers wouldn’t win the Chase. Tony Stewart blew a hole through half of those theories, making this year’s column moot. With that in mind, here are three things to think about when trying to predict a 2012 Sprint Cup Champion. Running Buddies:I still remember Tony Stewart passing Jeff Burton late in a race to pick up an extra point. Turns out that point won Whopp ...

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