LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 301 ODDS

AJ Allmendinger, what are we going to do with you?I picked Allmendinger to make the Chase, then backed off that prediction when everyone jumped on the bandwagon. After a series of blown race winning predictions, I was done with picking Allmendinger to win.  Still, here’s how these recent events will impact the rest of the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule. Silly Season On SteroidsWill Roger Penske fire Allmendinger? I don’t even think Penske knows. But that potential move coupled with ...

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COKE ZERO 400 ODDS

It’s really hot.As the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule takes teams back to a track for the first time this year, temperatures exceed 100 degrees in much of the country. For those without power, it’s really hot. So hot we can actually feel like some of our favorite Sprint Cup drivers in the back half of the 2012 season. Here are three drivers who will feel the most heat the rest of this  season: 3. Jeff GordonGordon needs two wins to make the Chase. He has zero. Math is fun.2. Kyle B ...

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QUAKER STATE 400 ODDS

 Matt Kenseth…what are we going to do with you?Kenseth leads the 2012 Sprint Cup point standings. He has the best analytics of any driver all year. A past Cup champion, there was no reason to keep him off the short list of drivers who would win the 2012 Sprint Cup, until he bailed on Roush Fenway Racing this week. The Kenseth paradigm we find at Kentucky Speedway will manifest itself through the rest of 2012, making my gig a whole lot more challenging.Why To Keep Picking Kenseth:T ...

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POCONO 400 ODDS

The Pocono 400 might be the most conflicting race of the year.On one hand, shorter races seem to make sense; so, shortening the race by 40 laps seems like a good idea. On the other hand, I really like racing at Pocono and feel a bit bummed by the move.The shortening of Sunday’s race has also shortened the race, causing even more conflict with my picks. Prior to seeing the odds, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin seemed like obvious picks. They have the highest average finishing position am ...

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FEDEX 400 ODDS

Well that was fast.The 2012 Sprint Cup season is entering is second trimester with this week’s FedEx 400. And while we shouldn’t expect our favorite driver to develop a baby bump any time soon, we should expect the following trends to develop for the rest of this season. The Trevor Bayne Effect Is GoneWhen Ryan Newman is the biggest upset of the year, the difference between contenders and Dave Blaney is clear. There’s no need for crazy upset picks the rest of the season. Sor ...

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COCA-COLA 600 ODDS

On a homecoming weekend for many, Charlotte may be a different kind of return for one of racing’s most dominant teams.The first chunk of the 2012 Sprint Cup season revolved around Rick Hendrick’s quest for his 200th career win.  Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne struggled with bad luck; Dale Earnhardt Jr. struggled with putting together a complete race; Jimmie Johnson struggled with an extended funk from 2011. Smart people were asking quesitonsWow, how things have changed: Johnson& ...

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SPRINT SHOWDOWN ODDS

I hate All-Star events. At least NASCAR makes them interesting.This year’s All-Star race will feature four segments at twenty laps a pop. The winner of each segment will start first through fourth in the final 10-lap sprint.While this is great for racing, it’s a random dart thrown blindfolded in a dark room with a board the size of a thimble for wagering. No chance.

The Sprint Showdown; now that might be the best wager all year. The race is two segments at twenty laps a pop. No f ...

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SOUTHERN 500 ODDS

And you thought Talladega was unpredictable?Darlington is one of my favorite tracks. The track deserves two races. And when you look at all the factors in play Saturday night, this might be the most must see race not named Daytona. Here’s why: Five different drivers have won the last five races at Darlington. The people who should contend may not contend. Guys who have struggled have a chance to rebound.Danica Patrick is back. Trouble finds Danica Patrick. I don't know if it’s her ...

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AARON’S 499 ODDS

Reality bites.This isn’t about an annoying movie, rather the reality of losing two straight races and going to NASCAR’s most unpredictable track. If there is going to be a curveball thrown in the 2012 Sprint Cup schedule, this is the weekend. Here’s why. Eight different drivers have won the last ten races at Talladega. Over the last five years, Mike Bliss and Joey Logano are in the top five among best average finishes. Jeff Gordon, who has two wins here in the last five year ...

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CAPITAL CITY 400 ODDS

Maybe Jack Roush was right.When Toyota debuted in the Sprint Cup, Jack Roush worried the automaker’s resources would start to dominate the Sprint Cup. After seeing Toyota start and barely qualify for many races, that thought seemed laughable.

Nobody is laughing now. Five of the top twelve drivers in the point standings drive a Toyota. If you combined the points of Mark Martin and Brian Vickers, they would be in the mix as well. The engine merger of Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota is the mo ...

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