IRWIN TOOLS NIGHT RACE ODDS

I don't know who will win at Bristol. I know who won't.Kyle Busch.In the last five years, Busch has five wins at Brstol. Only twice has he finished worse than tenth.This year, Busch hasn't finished worse than fifth in any short track start. He has the shortest odds of any driver I've ever since since writing this column. And I still won't pick the guy. Here's why: History is against him:There's only been one repeat winner all year. In the year where everyone wins, that's not a good precedent. ...

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LENOX INDUSTRIAL TOOLS 301 ODDS

Are we there yet?We’re finally to the half-way point of the 2011 Sprint Cup season. I know. It already seems like forever ago when Trevor Bayne won at Daytona, when Jeff Gordon’s streak ended and when traffic at Kentucky felt longer than an episode of The Talk.This time last year, it was clear there were only a handful of drivers worth picking. Now, the field is more wide open than ever. And that’s before we head to NASCAR’s favorite paper clip. Eight different drivers ...

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COKE ZERO 400 ODDS

America is the land of opportunity. With that, I’m taking the chance to make some good old fashioned fake money this holiday weekend.Daytona is the first track to host its second race. Coupled with a new website with different racing odds, and I see it as a perfect chance to combine hindsight with insight to create foresight for Saturday night. Ford engines are the real deal:They have four wins on the season. Every week, a Roush driver has sniffed around a win. If odds makers won’ ...

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HELUVA GOOD 400 ODDS

What would Kid Rock do?Down a fake 210 dollars after last week’s debacle at Dover, I come to my former home state looking for some home cooking. But for reasons beyond me, the reasons to pick the favorites aren’t my favorite idea. Carl Edwards is the only person to win twice at this track in the last five years. And while Edwards is a threat to win the 2011 Sprint Cup, he only has one win all year. When Kevin Harvick was in this spot last season, Jimmie Johnson was still the favor ...

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5-HOUR ENERGY 500 ODDS

So the fuel duel discussion really has me thinking…Fake wagers on Brad Keselowski, Regan Smith and Trevor Bayne would each have paid enough to make my fake year.Last year, the best odds you could get for a win was 30/1. Trend? Hiccup? The answer to that question will dictate the rest of 2011 and my ability to stop the bleeding, down a fake 160 after Keselowski’s win. For those who say it’s a trend, there is valid support. David Ragan, Marcos Ambrose and AJ Allmendinger have ...

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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

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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KOBALT TOOLS 500 ODDS

Three races. Three losses. Bad math for me.The only time I bet on Jimmie Johnson, he lost. The two times I didn’t bet on Jimmie Johnson, he won. As a result, I'm down $150 and am glad I don't live anywhere near a place of gaming.At this point, you might think I’m ready to abandon this concept of losing fake money on race picks for the sake of entertaining you while you should be working on that Excel sheet minimized on your screen (spooky, eh?)  But like Russell Crowe in “ ...

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SHELBY AMERICAN ODDS

Joe Gibbs owes me a big hug.I wrote the entire column. Had the pictures ready to send. Even tried to justify why Joey Logano had a chance of winning. Then the screen went blank.If that’s not a sign I should bolt on my initial predictions for the 2010 Shelby American in Las Vegas, I don’t know what is. For those keeping track, I’m down $100 fake dollars, having failed to pick Jimmie Johnson because I didn’t think the odds were right. Heaven forbid the Roush cars that wo ...

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DAYTONA 500 LATE ODDS

 We didn’t need a stinking starting order to talk about the Daytona 500 odds. Now that we have a starting order, it’s time to put mythical money where my mouth is.This season, I’m going to wager $50 of fake money (I’m married - like I have disposable income) on each race. I’ll use the same odds from USA Today and track my progress/losses for the sake of entertainment purposes only. Some weeks I’ll pick one driver. Some weeks I’ll hedge my bets. And ...

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