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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BANK OF AMERICA 500 ODDS

Dear Tony Stewart,I want you to know this will be harder on me than it is for you.First of all, I want to congratulate you on your big win last week in California. Yes, it cost me 50 fake dollars. But I’m OK, still up 20 fake bucks for the year.I’ll use that money to buy some Mobil 1. What a great job getting those guys into NASCAR as a sponsor, especially in this economy. Wait, Mobil 1 is already in NASCAR? Sam Hornish Jr.? He’s still racing?Anyway, I hope your newfound succes ...

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PEPSI MAX 400 ODDS

It’s about time.Greg Biffle wins at Kansas. I win my second race in a row. And for the first time in the history of ever, I’m up fake money picking every race this year. Seventy dollars may not mean much to you. Especially when it’s not real. But wow does it feel great to be ahead, even if it’s in my own mind. The logical person would quit writing this column to avoid potential humiliation or sing songs of self-praise as to how they climbed from the abyss. But as it turns ...

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PRICE CHOPPER 400 ODDS

Don’t call it a comeback.Fine words from L.L. Cool J. A finer way to explain what to expect in this year’s Chase. I’ll allow you to ponder while watching one of the best performances is “MTV Unplugged” history. History shows if you’re not fourth place or better after Kansas, you have no chance of winning the title, at least since NASCAR switched the points system. And since NASCAR has no plans to randomly change the point structure during the Chase this ...

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AAA 400 ODDS

The first race of The Chase tells a story. But even this one seems stunning for Hollywood.After Tony Stewart’s fuel mileage cost me 50 fakes dollars, leaving me down a fake 130 bucks for the season, we know there are drivers who seem to be on the outside looking in. Others find themselves in thin ice. Some are looking awfully good. Who fits is what’s surprising. Outside Looking InIn theory, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth and Tony Stewart are toast. Someone tenth or worse in the standi ...

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