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Eric Smith started covering motorsports for Bleacher Report in 2011 and moved to help start a new racing website a few years later (2013) that’s taken off from there. Eric is a fully credentialed member of the racing media that has been featured in a number of publications over the years, including BBC Radio overseas. Eric joined Covers in 2019 as an Auto Racing Advisor and provides analysis of how to bet (and who to bet) on the racing scene.

Team: Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Cubs
Sport to bet on: NFL
Sports movie: Hoosiers (I have the game ball from the real game played in 1954)
Sports snack: Nachos
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Hitting Michael McDowell as a 66/1 longshot winner in the 2021 Daytona 500.
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Went to Day 1 of the 2021 NCAA Tournament and placed a $2 bet on every game that day to make watching the games interesting. Hit literally every game until the last one of the night (Winthrop vs. Villanova — I had Winthrop +6.5... they lost by 10.
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YellaWood 500: Talladega Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Oct 1, 2023 • 11:18 AM ET

Brad Keselowski hasn't won a race in two years, but he's a favorite at Talladega — can he find his old success? Find out as our YellaWood 500 odds and NASCAR betting picks shape up this weekend's race.

Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400: Texas Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Sep 24, 2023 • 12:28 PM ET

Denny Hamlin took victory last week, and now returns to Texas, where he's a three-time winner and co-favorite for this weekend's Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 400 odds. Find out if our betting picks think he can go back-to-back.

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: Bristol Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Sep 16, 2023 • 4:35 PM ET

Kyle Larson finds himself the favorite again in the Bass Pro Shops Night Race odds — can he go on another dominant playoff run? Find out as our NASCAR betting picks break down the field for Saturday's race.

Cook Out Southern 500: Darlington Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Sep 3, 2023 • 3:03 PM ET

The playoff are here, and we've got your full odds breakdown and best NASCAR betting picks for the Cook Out Southern 500, as Martin Truex Jr. leads a tightly-packed postseason field.

Coke Zero Sugar 400: Daytona Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Aug 26, 2023 • 4:08 PM ET

Chase Elliott's facing a win-or-go-home scenario for the 2023 postseason as NASCAR gears up for the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona. Should backers have faith in him? Find out as we break down the odds.

Go Bowling at the Glen: Watkins Glen Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Aug 20, 2023 • 12:00 PM ET

Chase Elliott and William Byron are the odds leaders ahead of Sunday's race at Watkins Glen, but our NASCAR picks aren't convinced. See why our money's going elsewhere as we break down the Go Bowling at The Glen odds.

Verizon 200 at the Brickyard: Indianapolis Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Aug 13, 2023 • 11:50 AM ET

Can Shane Van Gisbergen make it 2-for-2 in his nascent Cup Series career? The New Zealand driver enters his second race after winning the Grant Park 220 in July. He's not the favorite (Martin Truex Jr. is), but he's not far off either.

FireKeepers Casino 400: Michigan Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Aug 6, 2023 • 11:41 AM ET

The heelish Denny Hamlin and the unlucky Kyle Larson are co-favorites at +700 for this Sunday's FireKeepers Casino 400, the last race on a "traditional" track of the NASCAR regular season. Find out who our NASCAR betting picks thinks has an edge.

Cook Out 400: Richmond Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jul 30, 2023 • 11:52 AM ET

Martin Truex Jr rides into a track he dominates with some serious momentum this week. Check out our Cook Out 400 odds and betting picks to see if he can be stopped at Richmond Raceway. 400: Pocono Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jul 21, 2023 • 12:36 PM ET

Toyota has dominated at Pocono Raceway recently, and with Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. atop the odds board for the 400, is more of the same in store on Sunday? Check out our betting picks for the inside track.

Crayon 301: Loudon Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jul 16, 2023 • 12:19 PM ET

Is Joe Gibbs Racing primed to break out of a slump at Loudon? See why our NASCAR betting picks are high on Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. heading into the Crayon 301 at NHMS.

Quaker State 400: Atlanta Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jul 9, 2023 • 4:07 PM ET

One week after forging new frontiers in the Chicago street race, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers will have to negotiate 400 miles over a treacherous superspeedway-style track in Atlanta Motor Speedway. Get odds and betting picks here!

Grant Park 220: Chicago Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jul 2, 2023 • 12:04 PM ET

NASCAR's throwing bettors into the unknown for Sunday's Grant Park 220, taking to the streets of Chicago for a literal road course race. Get the pre-race odds, as well as our sharpest betting picks for this historic event!

Ally 400: Nashville Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jun 25, 2023 • 4:00 PM ET

Kyle Larson won when the Cup Series returned to Music City in the 2021 edition of the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. Oddsmakers have him listed as the betting favorite to take the checkered flag again two years later.

Toyota/Save Mart 350: Sonoma Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jun 11, 2023 • 8:33 AM ET

Tyler Reddick's been prolific on road courses in the past year, so it shouldn't be a surprise for NASCAR bettors to see him tied with Kyle Larson atop the Toyota/Save Mart 350 odds.

Enjoy Illinois 300: Gateway Picks, Odds & Race Preview

Jun 4, 2023 • 8:35 AM ET

Death, taxes, and Kyle Larson topping the weekly NASCAR odds board. Larson leads yet again for the Enjoy Illinois 300 odds — check out how the rest of the field stacks up and get our best betting picks.

2023 Spanish Grand Prix Odds, Picks, and Predictions: Max Returns to Place of First Victory

Jun 3, 2023 • 1:29 PM ET

Max Verstappen's first-ever F1 victory came right here at the Spanish GP in 2016. Seven years later, he's the defending champ and in the best form of his career — we break down his chances in our Spanish Grand Prix odds below.

Coca-Cola 600: Charlotte Picks, Odds & Race Preview

May 28, 2023 • 9:05 AM ET

Charlotte Motor Speedway plays host to this weekend's NASCAR stop, and Kyle Larson once again finds himself atop the Coca-Cola 600 odds. See who else is part of a clearly-defined tier of favorites.

Indy 500 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

May 28, 2023 • 9:00 AM ET

Pato O'Ward has improved his Indy 500 finishes in each of the last three years and we're expecting another strong finish from the young driver in 2023. Find out how to take advantage in our Indy 500 betting preview below.

NASCAR All-Star Race: North Wilkesboro Picks, Odds & Race Preview

May 21, 2023 • 11:38 AM ET

Kyle Larson once again tops the odds board this week, and after a late crash last weekend, will be hungry for a bounce-back — even in an exhibition run. Check out the NASCAR All-Star Race odds and best betting picks.

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