SAMSUNG 500 ODDS

 “Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth.”Mike Tyson’s quote rings through my skull like a shot to the eye socket.  Ryan Newman (I can’t believe he won either) has me down a fake $250 in my quest to bet every single 2010 Sprint Cup race.In a bid to avoid getting financially knocked out, I find solace that my Kasey Kahne prop bet worked out. I also find joy knowing that I will never bet real money on NASCAR when/if my pregnant wife allows me near ...

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SUBWAY FRESH FIT 600 ODDS

Math is my frenemy.On one hand, math has me down a fake $200 in my quest to predict who will win races this season. On the other hand, math has me making bold predictions that could earn me gobs of fake cash. On the other hand, none of those bold predictions have worked. On the other hand, I’m optimistic.You know what…math probably sucks, but I’m sticking with it for this week’s picks at Phoenix, site of the Subway Fresh Fit 600. Trust me, you’ll be entertained. ...

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NASCAR PROP BETS, VERSION TWO

Denny Hamlin. Oh how you scorn me.I wrote a column putting money on him to win at Martinsville before the odds came out. Upon seeing those odds and hating them, I went in the other direction. Now Captain ACL has me down $200 in fake currency instead of being down less than $100 in fake moolah had I stuck with my original hunch. In an unrelated note, I hate this column and can’t be happy enough for an off week so I can present some random prop bets to drown my sorrow for a bit. Odds Kyle ...

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FOOD CITY 500 ODDS

As a kid, I loved Mike Singletary. A linebacker for the Chicago Bears, the Hall of Famer had a stare that made men wet themselves. Singletary also hit harder than Carl Edwards when he sees anything that rhymes with Keselowski.Singletary currently coaches the San Francisco 49’ers, where he had one of the greatest coaching rants of all time in his very first game on the job. It is that mantra that will dig me out of my winless hole at the Food City 500 this weekend. Why? Paging Mr. Singletar ...

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LUCK WINS RACES, NOT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since his move to the Cup Series in 2002, Jimmie Johnson has recorded 48 victories and four straight championships thanks to fast race cars, great calls from crew chief Chad Knaus and a touch of luck. Sunday’s victory at the Auto Club Speedway was no exception. The dominant car on the day, Johnson’s race nearly took a turn for the worse when a caution flew as his team completed work on pit road. Able to beat race leader Jeff Burton to the pit exit, Johnson avoided losing a lap and wh ...

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TOP STORY 9: RCR GETS LOOPY

Richard Childress loves racing. He also has a passion for making wine. Good thing the Childress wine empire is doing well, because his racing empire drove many fans to drink this season, enough to be the No. 9 Story of 2010. What Happened?Richard Childress Racing had arguably its worst season ever. Its four drivers failed to win a race or pole. Three drivers made the Chase in 2008. None qualified in 2009. Clint Bowyer finished 15th in points and was the only driver to have the same crew chief ...

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BURTON TO MAKE 850TH CAREER START

As people get older, many of them will use any excuse possible to eat cake.  Jeff Burton is pretty buff, but I suspect he and Richard Childress might find reason to eat some cake this weekend. Burton will make his 850th career start this weekend when he runs the Nationwide race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He told reporters the milestone came up on him quickly.“It’s hard to imagine I’ll be making my 850th NASCAR start,” Burton said. “I’m not one to ...

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JEFF BURTON LANDS NEW RIDE

 The 2009 season has been a challenge for Jeff Burton. Zero wins. Zero chance of making the Chase. Still, isn't it a little early to look for a new line of work? Burton recently improved his skill set by hopping on a digger and tearing down part of the Michigan International Speedway suite. (This is something Jimmie Johnson, with all of his hard luck at Michigan, must fantasize about doing.) MIS is gutting structures around the track, with new suites and a new media center on tap for 201 ...

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NEWMAN, BURTON AND WALLACE LOSE GM SPONSORSHIPS

The fallout from the government takeover of General Motors and the company's declaration of bankruptcy continues. On Monday the judge overseeing GM's bankruptcy case gave the automaker permission to end 56 promotional contracts, including those of Ryan Newman, Jeff Burton and owner Rusty Wallace, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the case of Burton, the driver will no longer make personal appearances and perform other duties on behalf of GM, but will continue to drive a Chevrolet, according to ...

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Jeff Burton on GH — I Smell Daytime Emmy!

Jeff Burton had a guest spot on the ABC sudser General Hospital the other day. While the 41-year-old has had no formal training in the dramatic arts, he brings a wizened subtlety and discreet vulnerability not equalled on screen since Sylvester Stallone's star turn as John Rambo in 1982's First Blood. Sadly underutilized in his only scene, Burton's impact is palpable. He is one of those rare actors who, by his mere presence, forces his fellow thespians t ...

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