SYLVANIA 300 ODDS

It’s amazing what one week can do to the 2012 Sprint Cup season.Jeff Gordon went from sleeper contender to no chance after a mechanical problem. Brad Keselowski went from cute story to points leader. And Denny Hamlin went from calm and confident to must win in the span of a week. Oddsmakers certainly reacted. There is a massive chasm now between contender and afterthought. In three years of writing this column, I’ve never see the divide that exists this week. From 25/1 to 60/1? Th ...

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GEICO 400 ODDS

Tony Stewart ruined my favorite column of the year.Every year, I would write an article using past data to explain why drivers wouldn’t win the Chase. Tony Stewart blew a hole through half of those theories, making this year’s column moot. With that in mind, here are three things to think about when trying to predict a 2012 Sprint Cup Champion. Running Buddies:I still remember Tony Stewart passing Jeff Burton late in a race to pick up an extra point. Turns out that point won Whopp ...

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FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 400 ODDS

So the final race for the Chase has some major dud potential. Silly Season has been anything but. Here’s quick looks at winners and losers, Bert Convy style. Win: Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.Hamlin gets Roush Fenway insight at the types of tracks where Joe Gibbs Racing has struggled the most. It’s a big missing link.Lose: Trevor Bayne and Brian VickersHow can neither of these guys get a full season commitment?Draw: Joe Gibbs RacingMatt Kenseth helps now. But they spent millions de ...

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IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE ODDS

So what did I miss on vacation?Teammates yelling at other teammates. Chase contenders booting crew chiefs. Brad Keselowski going Sting on Rick Hendrick’s NWO. And now we add a newly repaved Bristol race to the mix…at night. All the people I would normally want to take look vulnerable. Consider this.Kyle Busch needs a win. He has been as low as 3/1 at Bristol. But engine issues, bad luck and poor decisions about race cautions have Busch feeling a bit cursed.Two Hendrick engines we ...

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FINGER LAKES 355 ODDS

Hendrick Motorsports will probably take home the 2012 Sprint Cup, just not with the driver you think.Jimmie Johnson has five titles; Dale Earnhardt Jr. has consistency and confidence; Kasey Kahne is a popular sleeper pick.  But have you seen what Jeff Gordon is doing? Seven races ago, Gordon had 336 points. That amounted to 21st in the standings through 14 races.In the last seven races, Gordon has 275 points, plus a win to get him into Chase contention. And three of the final Chase track ...

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