NASCAR VALENTINE

 Cash grab or romance?  Whatever Valentine’s Day is, it’s looming. And since Daytona coverage is still a week away from consuming our mind, here are six Sprint Cup drivers who could use a hug, roses or a nice steak dinner with extra bacon next week.  Kurt Busch So Forbes listed Busch as one of the ten most unpopular athletes in sports. He was ahead of Kobe Bryant for goodness sake. And while Busch won’t ever get to Lance Armstrong territory, sponsors ...

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FIVE DRIVERS WHO CAN’T WAIT FOR 2013

Is it me, or are you glad for the holidays to be over?
Don’t get me wrong. Spending time with friends and family is always a special experience, but after weeks of eating and travel and more eating and more travel, it’s nice to be back and refreshed for 2013. The same holds true for NASCAR. Here are five drivers who can’t wait for 2013. Jamie McMurrayMcMurray went from winning Daytona and Indi in the same season to being an afterthought with a lost sponsor. His team is switc ...

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2013 SPRINT CUP PROP BETS

The holidays are almost over. The Santa’s wish list column has been put to pasture. 2013 predictions are becoming mundane. It’s time to put fake money where a real mouth is and talk 2013 Sprint Cup racing….prop bet style. Odds Joey Logano really makes the leap this year: 10/1Someone foolishly predicted Joey Logano would make the Chase in 2011 and 2012. Oops. Logano has a new team, new crew chief and new running buddy in Brad Keselowski. This tandem is young, aggressive, tal ...

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2013 SPRINT CUP ODDS

 Let it ride.There is no more fitting statement for NASCAR and sports wagering. After 37 races and hundreds of picks, being up fake money is a source of pride, even if that pride amounts to just 122 fake dollars. But instead of walking away with my head held high, I am taking my fake winnings from 2012 and throwing them down for 2013. Championship odds are out, and here is where my fake money is going. 24 fake dollars on Tony Stewart at 10/1Let’s assume this new car model resembles ...

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FORD ECOBOOST 400 ODDS

We’re finally here.
The final race of the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule is upon us. Two drivers have a chance to take home the Sprint Cup. But there are four stories in play for this final race. As a result, there are four drivers getting my final fake dollars on the 2012 season. The driver who needs to win: 20 fake dollars on Jimmie Johnson at 4/1Johnson has the tenth best average finish among active drivers and has never won here. But Five Time has never had this large a deficit heading in ...

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ADVOCARE 500 PHOENIX ODDS

Apparently there’s no point watching the final two races of the 2012 Sprint Cup season.The good news is Jimmie Johnson’s win last week ensured me a third straight winning season. The bad news is that many are now just handing Captain Lowe’s his sixth Sprint Cup in seven years.  Here are three reasons why that’s way too premature. Clumsy Behavior:Teams are coming out of the woodworks to get ready for 2013. Some of these teams are, at best, unreliable. Cut tires, pe ...

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AAA TEXAS 500 ODDS

It’s time for someone to crash the party. Who is it going to be?In 2010, Carl Edwards created a push that led to his near title in 2011. In 2011, Denny Hamlin seemed to recalibrate to his successful (except for last week 2011.) We’re now at a point where non-contenders make their push for 2013 mojo. Here are three likely contenders: Kevin Harvick:I get it. Harvick is in the Chase. But did you ever look at him at some point in 2012 and see a potential Sprint Cup Champion? The talen ...

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TUMS FAST RELIEF 500 ODDS

Losing streaks. They happen in ever sport and walk of life.For drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr., they become a monkey you can’t seem to shake. For drivers like Martin Truex Jr., they become obstacles you just don’t overcome. Losing streaks, though not as long, are starting to impact the leading contenders for this year’s Chase. The only drivers to win twice during the Chase are Matt Kenseth, who is totally out of the title picture for reasons that make no sense to me, and Bra ...

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HOLLYWOOD CASINO 400 ODDS

How fitting to have a gambling theme when a casino sponsors a race?With four legitimate contenders competing for the 2012 Sprint Cup title, there are gaming related questions that will impact each of their chances of ending the season as champion. Can Brad Keselowski regain his mojo?Miller Man had a fuel gamble go against him. That’s unheard of. Fuel economy is Keselowski’s biggest competitive advantage. Without it, he can’t take home the title.Can Jimmie Johnson win a race? ...

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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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