DAYTONA 500 ODDS

The Great American Race is here.Racing’s biggest day sparks the beginning of the 2012 Sprint Cup season. Another new year brings another year of wagering fake money on every race, which ought to be interesting when you see the numbers coupled with the action we’ve seen over the last week.As always, there are three ground rules for my picks: I bet fifty fake dollars on every race.  My goal is to double my fake money should I win.I never follow the rules I make up during the ye ...

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THREE DAYTONA TESTING LESSONS

Daytona, how we’ve missed you.The 2012 season took its first visible steps with testing this past weekend. Normally, testing developments are minor…at best.But when there’s snow outside the yard, sunshine in Florida and a clock ticking down to the 500, it’s more than reasonable to examine three intriguing developments coming from this past weekend. Hendrick looks angrySaturday, four of the top five speeds belonged to Hendrick cars. And that’s with Chad Knaus ski ...

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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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MCMURRAY, POTHOLE, JUNIOR’S RELEVANCE WIN DAYTONA 500

Jamie McMurray overcame a pesky pothole that caused two long red flag delays, a revitalized Dale Earnhardt Jr., the usual assortment of restrictor-plate crashes and his own gentle tears to win the 2010 Daytona 500. Nice-guy McMurray held off a hard-charging Earnhardt in a green-white-checkered overtime finish. But what this race will be remembered for was its length. It lasted more than six hours. You better believe that left Kyle Busch enough time to sneak in a nap. On national television. ...

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