2013 AARON’S 499 ODDS

NASCAR’s biggest track is NASCAR’s biggest crapshoot.  Talladega is known for the unknown. Big speed. Bigger packs. The biggest wrecks in racing. All of this makes picking Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 nearly impossible. Check this out:  The two favorites are 10/1. Favorites all season have been 7/1 or less. Sure, these numbers are small. But it’s a 30 percent discrepancy, which is a big number in any sport.  Jimmie Johnson has six Sprint Cup titl ...

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2013 TOYOTA OWNERS 400 ODDS

Denny Hamlin won’t race Saturday night, but his impact is already being felt. Next to Martinsville, Richmond might be Hamlin’s best track. In 14 career starts, Hamlin has two wins and nine finishes of 10th or better.  With Hamlin still injured and unable to drive Saturday night, the numbers have made a major shift.   Kyle Busch being the favorite isn’t a surprise. Being below 5/1 is. As an extension, Matt Kenseth,  Kasey Kahne and Clint Bowyer have a ...

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2013 STP 400 ODDS

Dear Brad Keselowksi, Having lived in Michigan for six years, I admire your guts, opinions, determination and dedication. So I say this with as much due respect as possible. Stop trying to be the Stone Cold Steve Austin of NASCAR.   Drinking beer, dropping bad language and fighting the man make for a great character in scripted entertainment. It sells shirts and seems like a great deal of fun. Sprint Cup champions should have fun. They should be able to speak their mind an ...

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2013 NRA 500 ODDS

NASCAR doesn’t make any sense right now. It’s impossible to write about Sprint  Cup racing, see the title of this column and not address the 800-pound gorilla in the room.  Regardless of where you stand on the issue, there’s no good way to address it Saturday night. It’s not a matter if is something clunky happens, but how soon.  There are plenty of other mindboggling things in play that are more appropriate for Team FOX  to discuss. For example: ...

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2013 STP GAS BOOSTER 500 ODDS

Sunday is going to be crazy. After the mayhem at Auto Club Speedway, the passive aggressive tweets, the radio interviews, the sit down apologies and the first bye week of the 2013 Sprint Cup season, NASCAR returns to the shortest track on the schedule. What could possibly go wrong?  This race will impact fake wagering in three ways. For starters, Joey Logano is off my board for the rest of 2013. Nobody is going to let Logano win after his reaction and reaction to his reaction. You c ...

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2013 FOOD CITY 500 ODDS

Never has been at level ground felt so fulfilling.
After three straight weeks of losing, Matt Kenseth’s birthday victory brought me back to break even for the 2013 Sprint Cup season. Now comes the hard part.  Bristol is a track Kyle Busch owns, with five wins in sixteen career starts. I have put all of my fake money on him in past events. Yet this year seems different. For having the reputation of stability, Joe Gibbs Racing just seems off. Engine problems plagued them at Dayt ...

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2013 KOBALT TOOLS 400 ODDS

Talk about a big gamble...Denny Hamlin’s refusal to pay a $25,000 fine opened a massive can of worms for NASCAR, one that will clearly impact the standings of the 2013 Sprint Cup season. Here’s why: NASCAR can’t have it both ways:What did NASCAR management expect with the “Boys, have at it” policy? Aggressive behavior on the track yields aggressive behavior off the track. Part of that behavior is the strong expression of opinion. Fining Denny Hamlin and calling B ...

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2013 SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500 ODDS

Imaging playing a regular season game the week after a Super Bowl. It’s happening Sunday in Phoenix. The 2013 Sprint Cup schedule takes teams to an unpredictable track with varied banking and a new surface. But it’s the same old faces I like at this weekend’s Subway Fresh Fit 500. Here’s why:   Oddsmakers are begging teams to take unheralded drivers. Danica Patrick is 300/1. 300/1 for goodness sake. Team Earhnardt Ganassi is 100/1. Jeff Burton is 100/1. ...

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DAYTONA 500 ODDS

 So much for that strategy. After banking most of the offseason on the idea Hendrick Motorsports cars will dominate the 2013 Sprint Cup, team Hendrick sputtered at Saturday’s Sprint Unlimited. Now down a fake 50 dollars before the first real race of the season, it’s time to regroup for Sunday’s Great American Race.   Daytona is a wild card. Qualifying in actual race environments helps whittle down the field. But racing at  a superspeedway negates the ...

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SPRINT UNLIMITED ODDS

You can really bet on anything. The Sprint Unlimited doesn’t have rules yet. Fans will vote prior to Saturday’s start. But if people will wage real money on NFL preseason games, the WNBA and Wrestlemania, I can wager fake dollars on a made for television event.   The rules are simple. I wager fifty fake dollars on every Sprint Cup race. I only bet on drivers if I can double my fake money. I keep scoring during the entire season. It’s a recipe for family embarr ...

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