JEFF BYRD 500 ODDS

This should be the easiest column I write all year.Fifty fake dollars on Kyle Busch at 7/2.After all, Busch has four wins at Bristol over the last five years. In fact, only once since 2006 has Busch finished worse than tenth at the world’s most famous short track.But a funny thing happened once I got down 150 fake dollars; I’m going against conventional wisdom.  The stories of 2011 are well documented. What hasn’t been are the engine issues at Joe Gibbs Racing. Problem ...

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CONTENDERS AND PRETENDERS AFTER 3 RACES

We knew some of these guys would challenge for the Cup, there wasn’t a question. But some of the guys we knew, or thought we knew, would challenge for the Cup are raising questions as to how good they are in 2011.With a schedule realignment, the initial trio of races has shown us a superspeedway, a short track, and an intermediate facility. This gives a healthy taste of who has what, when it comes to serious championship contenders.The impression I get comes from observing how teams ran du ...

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NASCAR NATION IN A BETTER MOOD … SO FAR

Hollywood could not have scripted a better beginning to the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. An all-American kid (Trevor Bayne) wins the Great American Race for one of the pioneer race teams of the sport. For an encore, one of NASCAR’s active legends (Jeff Gordon) and arguably second most popular driver behind that red-headed fellow wins for the first time in what seems like a million years at Phoenix. Follow that up with a win at Sin City by the driver (Carl Edwards) best equipped to dethro ...

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IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE ODDS

Dear Kevin Harvick,We’ve never met. I’m sure you’re a great guy. But I would like to use this forum to ask what I did to make you ruin my week. I spent the first third of the season touting your comeback from a dreadful 2009 season. Every time I picked you, you never won. At Talladega, I went in a different direction. So did you. To Victory Lane. I’ve kept my distance as you’ve maintained the top spot in the standings. Things were cool. Then last week, you crossed t ...

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FIVE DIVISIONS I WOULD LOVE TO SEE AT BRISTOL

NASCAR’s big weekend in Bristol has extended to the better part of a week. The Cup and Nationwide Tours are joined by a midweek show featuring the Trucks and Modified Series. Other great short track divisions have also graced the half-mile oval over the years.The former All Pro and American Speed Associations have staged summertime battles there. NASCAR’s Dash Series and late model stock cars have dueled on the high banks. ARCA star Frank Kimmel’s street stock tour ran on the f ...

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