GOODY’S FAST PAIN RELIEF 500 ODDS

The worst things you can be is the favorite. Martinsville is a track dominated by few. Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin have a combined 17 wins. I’m not picking any of them this week. Here’s why: Kyle Busch owns Bristol, he owned defeat two weeks ago.Last week, Jimmie Johnson owned Auto Club Speedway and never contended.No favorite has won the first five races of the 2012 Sprint Cup season.If there is anything to learn from 2012, it’s that the pool of Chase conte ...

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AUTO CLUB 400 ODDS

Four races. Four wins. Four manufacturers. Yet all anyone wants to talk about is one big issue: the number of people not watching in the stands.As the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule takes teams to a track known to have attendance issues, it’s fitting to find four reasons for the attendance woes. Time: I can’t get my daughter to sit through an hour-long church service without bringing a cavalcade of items. Four-hour races  aren’t family friendly. And with money tight, events t ...

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FOOD CITY 500 ODDS

This is the toughest column to write all year. Fifty fake dollars on Kyle Busch at 5/1. I could be done right now, go outside and start mulching my yard. Busch owns Bristol. But there are three reasons to wonder if the most obvious move of the year is really so obvious. 1. Busch’s odds went up:Busch was 4/1 and 3/1 in some places for the Bristol night race. Everyone on the planet knows most real and fake money will go his way. If oddsmakers give me a better chance to make more fake curr ...

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KOBALT TOOLS 400 ODDS

Two races down. Thirty-four races to go. It’s not The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, but I am undefeated in the 2012 Sprint Cup season, up a fake 210 dollars after Denny Hamlin’s win in Phoenix. And with so much success early in the season, it seems like a logical time to deviate from my early season strategy. Here’s why. Vegas is fickle:Anyone who has been there multiple times knows this for other reasons. But only four drivers have multiple wins at LVMS. Even though people lo ...

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SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500 ODDS

This is the week when NASCAR normally gets back to normal. Phoenix is a nice, but not overwhelmingly distinctive track which hosts a Sunday afternoon race. But if Daytona taught us anything, it’s that the new normal might be what we saw last Sunday, not what we might see this Sunday. Consider this. In 2010, a pothole almost ruined the Datyona 500. Jimmie Johnson won his fifth straight title.In 2011, Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500. Together, Paul Menard, David Ragan and Regan Smith won ...

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DAYTONA 500 ODDS

The Great American Race is here.Racing’s biggest day sparks the beginning of the 2012 Sprint Cup season. Another new year brings another year of wagering fake money on every race, which ought to be interesting when you see the numbers coupled with the action we’ve seen over the last week.As always, there are three ground rules for my picks: I bet fifty fake dollars on every race.  My goal is to double my fake money should I win.I never follow the rules I make up during the ye ...

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3 OVERRATED AND UNDERRATED 2012 SPRINT CUP CONTENDERS

 It’s finally time to talk about the 2012 Sprint Cup Champion. Sort of.The odds are out, and Daytona is so so so close. Every year there are contenders who never meet expectations and people who come out of nowhere to contend for a title.

This year, here are the three drivers who will overachieve and underachieve. Overrated: AJ AllmendingerI dapped AJ all offseason. I will probably bet fake money on him next week. But when everyone says Dinger is going to be the breakout driver of ...

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2012 SPRINT CUP CHAMPION ODDS

2012 Sprint Cup odds...oh how I've missed you.The numbers are out. And even though there have been three whopping days of testing at Daytona, the numbers will surprise you. Here are three driver ranked too high and too low. Tony Stewart at 5/1: Too HighStewart’s 2011 Chase is movie material. Maybe straight to HBO, but movies are movies.If it took history to get Stewart his third trophy, why would he be a favorite to repeat? Cinderellas don’t repeat. Not even if they hang out with ...

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THREE DAYTONA TESTING LESSONS

Daytona, how we’ve missed you.The 2012 season took its first visible steps with testing this past weekend. Normally, testing developments are minor…at best.But when there’s snow outside the yard, sunshine in Florida and a clock ticking down to the 500, it’s more than reasonable to examine three intriguing developments coming from this past weekend. Hendrick looks angrySaturday, four of the top five speeds belonged to Hendrick cars. And that’s with Chad Knaus ski ...

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FIVE BOLD NASCAR PREDICTIONS FOR 2012

 NASCAR’s version of musical chairs is over. We think.Now that drivers and crew chiefs have their 2012 plans in place, it’s time for Sprint Cup teams to have their whopping three-week off-season until the media tour rolls through Charlotte.With such a small window, let’s quickly make five bold predictions for 2012. All four Hendrick Motorsports drivers make the ChaseJimmie Johnson is a given. Jeff Gordon is a sleeper title contender. Kasey Kahne did in 2011 what Carl Ed ...

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