QUAKER STATE 400 ODDS

This will be different.For the first time in nearly a decade, the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule heads to a new track. Kentucky Speedway finally hosts its first race. Great for the fans in Kentucky and Ohio, of which I am one. Bad for people trying to wager real or fake money on a race with no data upon which to rely.Or so I thought. Some consider Kentucky a cookie-cutter track. It’s 1.5 miles in length with normal banking. Most previews lump it into the “intermediate course” clas ...

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COKE ZERO 400 ODDS

America is the land of opportunity. With that, I’m taking the chance to make some good old fashioned fake money this holiday weekend.Daytona is the first track to host its second race. Coupled with a new website with different racing odds, and I see it as a perfect chance to combine hindsight with insight to create foresight for Saturday night. Ford engines are the real deal:They have four wins on the season. Every week, a Roush driver has sniffed around a win. If odds makers won’ ...

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TOYOTA/SAVE MART 350 ODDS

How fitting the week Red Bull Racing dumps NASCAR that the 2011 Sprint Cup schedule takes us to wine country?Relaxed sipping and right turns don’t seem like an odd mix. It is an odd mix. So are the following realities that come from Red Bull’s departure. Danica Patrick is more likely to have a full-time ride next year than Brian Vickers.Patrick has a guaranteed sponsor in a sport craving them. Vickers is good. But is he good enough to lure a sponsor for a fourth team at Joe Gibbs ...

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5-HOUR ENERGY 500 ODDS

So the fuel duel discussion really has me thinking…Fake wagers on Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne would each have paid enough to make my fake year.Last year, the best odds you could get for a win was 30/1. Trend? Hiccup? The answer to that question will dictate the rest of 2011 and my ability to stop the bleeding, down a fake 160 after Keselowski’s win. For those who say it’s a trend, there is valid support. David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger have ...

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COCA-COLA 600 ODDS

It's time to celebrate the people who allow us to enjoy the start of summer. What better way than to watch 600 miles of people tuning left while having copious amounts of meat in your hand? Actually, this video. Down a mere 60 fake dollars after winning with David Ragan last week, The Coca Cola 600 is one of the three toughest races to predict all year. It all has to do with the marathon element that makes Sunday night so intriguing. 1. Weather can become an issueThis race can last more than ...

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UPDATED FEDEX 400 ODDS

Dear Soapbox, I hope you’re reinforced. The 2011 Sprint Cup Season has been tremendous on the track. But like any live event, there are things that can happen off the track to make it even more eventful. With this week’s Dover picks awfully simple based on previous track records and me needing a win (nice job Regan Smith), here are some things that have to happen. MMA Bout Between Juan Montoya and Ryan NewmanThree rounds. Three minutes. A fat $100,000 check to each person’s ...

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NASCAR PROP BETS

I can not tell a lie. I’m really happy there isn’t a race this weekend. For starters, it means I can bask in the glow of a Jimmie Johnson victory at Talladega. That means the George Washington of making fake wagers on a NASCAR website is down a mere ten fake dollars as we head into the weekend. It also means all racing fans get a chance to contemplate some pretty big concepts that could shake up your favorite sport. For example: Odds Carl Edwards jumps to Joe Gibbs Racin ...

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AARON’S 499 ODDS

  I’ve never practiced voodoo. Maybe I should start.Jimmie Johnson has been worth one of my picks every Sprint Cup race this year. He has zero wins.This is what I wrote about Matt Kenseth last week at Texas. I flipped a coin and will go with Biffle, which means I will openly cry when Kenseth wins Saturday night.Now we visit a track where throwing darts at a dye cast doll of Tony Stewart may trump the power of logic and reason. Down 160 fake dollars, I need all the help I can get.Fo ...

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DAYTONA 500 ODDS

It’s about damn time.After a long dormant winter devoid of racing and full of snow, it’s time to start our yearly marathon with sport’s best opening event.You can’t beat the Daytona 500. It’s NASCAR’s biggest race. And it starts the season. Many drivers would rather win this weekend than win the Sprint Cup. You can’t say that it any other sport without getting ridiculed.No such ridicule for me. I bet fake money every race last year and ended up ahead. No ...

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TUMS FAST RELIEF 500

Slow and steady wins the race. That’s a hard sentence to write on a racing website, especially after two losses in a row have me down a fake 30 dollars heading into the final races of 2010. Still, slow and steady will win my personal race to pick winners every week. How do I know? Here are some kneejerk reactions from 2010, what we thought was going to happen and what actually occurred. NASCAR hosed Clint BowyerSure, it wasn’t cool for the NASCAR Mafia to dock Bowyer 150 poin ...

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