DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT

Following every weekend, there’s a Monday. After sleeping off the celebration, it’s time to face reality; time to get back to work. Now that the 2012 champion has been crowned, and the season has been put to bed, NASCAR has some serious work ahead of it. From here, there are less than 90 days to go before magical motorsports tour descends on Daytona, so there’s no time for fooling around. While folks in Washington DC talk of a fiscal cliff, NASCAR is looking over a precip ...

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FANS, YOU HAVE BRUTON’S ATTENTION

Yes Virginia, it’s true; money talks. You would have to have the vision of Mr. Magoo to not see all the empty seats at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday. The tribe has spoken, and the gate receipts don’t lie. It’s like that billboard said: “Do I have your attention now?” Track owner Bruton Smith tells the Associated Press he will look over the data, compare what the track is now- versus what it used to be- and report back next week. Call this observer slightly nerv ...

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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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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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