AUTO CLUB 400 ODDS

Respect.It’s one of the more overused words in the language, abused by countless dopes who think they’ve earned more than they really have.Certain people talk about respect. Others sing about it. Odds makers document respect, along with a lack of it. Down a mere ten fake dollars after Kyle Busch’s win, their numbers for this week sure made me blink. Carl Edwards is for real:Last year, Vegas was slow to the plate on Denny Hamlin. It was only the back half of the season when H ...

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NASCAR PROP BETS

Well doesn’t this stink...We’ve had a month to get really excited about an interesting start to 2011. And just as the momentum builds for the next race, we’re supposed to spend the weekend with our families instead of watching the races. What’s up with that?Also, what’s up with this season? Lots of crazy stuff to start the year and get you thinking about the next 33 weeks. Those thoughts lead to the imaginary odds for the sake of entrainment and entertainment alone. ...

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SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500 ODDS

What in the name of Trevor Bayne is going on?I’ve never been so happy to lose 50 fake dollars on last week’s Daytona surprise/stunner/you’ve got to be kidding me event.But as great a story as Sunday was, the real world continues. And then some. Daytona/SchmaytonaThe Daytona 500 winner is 100/1. I’m not sure that sentence has ever been typed. Oh yeah, David Ragan had a real chance to win. He’s 100/1. Ditto for Brad Keselowski. And Paul Menard, who led the Datyona ...

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2011 SPRINT CUP ODDS

The media tour is over. The testing will ratchet up. It’s finally time to turn the page on 2010 and focus on 2011.Surprisingly enough, every driver will win the 2011 Sprint Cup. Think I’m wrong? Just ask the drivers and reporters from the media tour. They’re all excited. They’ve either filled the holes that plagued their 2010 or solidified the points that made their 2010. Everything is perfect. Everyone is a winner.But unlike my nephew’s baseball league where they a ...

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HOLIDAY PROP BETS

 Tis the season for crappy bowl games and new ways to capitalize on amateur athletes. I went to Ohio University. My editor went to Ohio University. Our football team stunk to high heaven most of the time we were in Athens.  Ohio played in the New Orleans Bowl against Troy. It’s the second straight bowl game for the Bobcats. I should care. I don’t. Since I don’t care about my alma mater playing, I don’t care about the other 30 irrelevant games goin ...

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HOLIDAY PROP BETS

Is it OK to ask Santa for a rear spoiler this Christmas?While many us untangle lights, try to keep our cat from jumping on the tree and fight gobs of people for the right to save five dollars on some stupid gift our Cousin Earl will never use, I have some racing-related topics to ponder, prop -bet style. Odds Kyle Busch gets his act together next season: 3/1Busch won three Sprint Cup races. He went to Victory Lane 13 times in the Nationwide Series and won eight times in the Craftsman Truck Se ...

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THANKSGIVING PROP BETS

Now what?I’ve spent more than 40 weeks figuring out a way to wager fake income on races for the sake of your entertainment. Since I never put down any real money, I can’t even enjoy the 180 dollars I’m up because the money doesn’t exist. I could spend time with my family. I could see old friends from school. I could come up with random bets Vegas should make to keep NASCAR fans interested this winter. So with all due respect to my Uncle Ed and high school friends I never ...

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FORD 400 ODDS

I have no clue who’s going to win the Sprint Cup either. So when in doubt, take logic out of the equation and do some math. In this case, math will bludgeon two birds with one stone. After all, I’m up 230 fake dollars after Carl Edwards won last week. And who doesn’t want to end the season with a win? In this quite compelling race preview, one learned Homestead-Miami resembles Kansas and Michigan. Looking back at the history books (or websites since books are for old people) ...

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KOBALT TOOLS 500 ODDS

Now I know how it feels like to be Brad Keselowski.No, I didn’t get wrecked by Carl Edwards. But I did pick Denny Hamlin last week. That means I’m up 130 fake dollars for the year. That means there’s no way I can be down for the year. Take that, Vegas.Like Keselowski, the final two weeks of my year will be leisurely. I can try to make more money or do something stupid for the sake of my own entertainment.  And since this is fake money, cue the Benny Hill music and cute kit ...

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AMP ENERGY JUICE 500 ODDS

Oh, Talladega. What are we going to do with you?Now that I’m up a fake 90 dollars for the year after Denny Hamlin’s win at Martinsville, I can devote my energy to racing’s biggest problem child. And if you think Talladega isn’t a problem, here’s one of many crash montages with crappy musical accompaniment to boot. Talladega has no business hosting a Chase race. It’s not a matter of if a huge wreck will happen, just a matter of how soon. Even last year, af ...

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