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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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AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500: Texas Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Sep 21, 2022 • 12:01 PM ET

Christopher Bell has been trending up in the second half of the NASCAR season and sees a great price for an AutoTrader EchoPark Automotive 500 in which the favorites should be faded. See who our NASCAR betting picks like in Texas.

Bass Pro Shops Night Race: Bristol Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Sep 14, 2022 • 2:23 PM ET

NASCAR's about to swerve into the Round of 12, but before the playoffs lose a quarter of their field, the Bass Pro Shops Night Race runs at Bristol. See who can survive and advance, like Christopher Bell.

Hollywood Casino 400: Kansas Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Sep 7, 2022 • 1:04 PM ET

Denny Hamlin's won every seventh race this season, so when the 28th face of the calendar falls on a track he's dominated recently, we can't help but show interest in his prospects. See why our Hollywood Casino 400 picks like the favorite to show out.

Cook Out Southern 500: Darlington Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Aug 31, 2022 • 12:54 PM ET

Kevin Harvick rode a late-season heater to a playoff spot, and now finds himself getting great odds at Darlington, where he's got a strong history. Find out why he can add yet another win to this season's tally with our Cook Out Southern 500 picks.

Coke Zero Sugar 400: Daytona Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Aug 25, 2022 • 9:18 AM ET

It's do-or-die time for those on NASCAR's playoff bubble as the Cup Series contenders battle it out at Daytona for the regular-season finale. Get the lowdown on our Coke Zero Suger 400 picks, including a specialist who needs to deliver this weekend.

Go Bowling at The Glen: Watkins Glen Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Aug 17, 2022 • 1:48 PM ET

While the NASCAR field is again chasing Elliott as the odds leader, another top contender has won back-to-back road course races and looks every bit a threat to take a third. See why we're riding with Reddick for our Go Bowling at The Glen picks.

Federated Auto Parts 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Aug 9, 2022 • 3:39 PM ET

Joe Gibbs Racing has dominated at Richmond, and the oddsmakers see something similar in store this weekend. Find out if our Federated Auto Parts 400 picks agree that Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex will continue cleaning up.

FireKeepers Casino 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Aug 4, 2022 • 3:39 PM ET

NASCAR is back In Michigan this weekend, at Michigan International Speedway. Tyler Reddick took the checkered flag last week but there's competition among the favorites here — check out our FireKeepers Casino 400 picks.

Verizon 200 at The Brickyard Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jul 28, 2022 • 11:31 AM ET

Chase Elliott is crushing NASCAR right now, riding a five-race Top-2 streak into a road course event, where he's the clear favorite. We're not trying to fade him — find out who else can contend in our Verizon 200 at The Brickyard betting picks.

M&M's Fan Appreciation 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jul 20, 2022 • 3:17 PM ET

NASCAR won't be hosting a back-to-back betting bash at Pocono Raceway this weekend, opting for a lone Sunday race. See why we're leaning towards last year's Cup Series champ reasserting himself with our M&M's Fan Appreciation 400 picks.

Ambetter 301 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jul 14, 2022 • 6:47 PM ET

HMS is among the odds leaders again, but we think Joe Gibbs Racing's track record at Loudon speaks for itself. We're backing their drivers to keep dominating in our Ambetter 301 picks, as we break down this weekend's NASCAR action.

Quaker State 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jul 7, 2022 • 10:58 AM ET

The way the books tell it, the Quaker State 400 is a wide-open race. But peer through some of the relevant data, and a few of the "favorites" are easy to rule out. Find out who to back — and fade — with our NASCAR betting picks.

Kwik Trip 250 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jun 29, 2022 • 3:59 PM ET

NASCAR is back on a road course this weekend in Wisconsin, at Road America in Elkhart Lake. Chase Elliott took the checkered flag last week and is the favorite here — is there any question who we're behind in our Kwik Trip 250 picks?

Ally 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jun 22, 2022 • 1:17 PM ET

NASCAR rides to music city this weekend for the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway. With just one running in this race's history, you've got to look at similar tracks for results to lean on — and we're doing just that with our Ally 400 picks.

Toyota / Save Mart 350 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jun 8, 2022 • 2:23 PM ET

We're in Northern California on Sunday as the NASCAR Cup Series rolls on. We're taking Kyle Busch to secure his third career win at Sonoma Raceway and are fading Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson. Find out more in our NASCAR betting picks.

Enjoy Illinois 300 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

Jun 2, 2022 • 2:20 PM ET

As the Cup Series gears up for its first-ever race at World Wide Technology Raceway, bettors have few previous results to draw upon. But we're doing a deep dive this week for our NASCAR betting picks, to see which drivers will Enjoy Illinois on Sunday.

Indy 500 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

May 26, 2022 • 10:43 AM ET

Scott Dixon has once again claimed pole for the Indianapolis 500, but his spotty record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has us looking elsewhere on the board — starting with Alex Palou at +600. Find out why in our Indy 500 betting preview.

Coca-Cola 600 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

May 25, 2022 • 2:20 PM ET

Last year, Kyle Larson rode this victory to a three-race streak and never looked back. This year, he returns as the co-favorite, along with another Kyle who's aiming for a Cup Series title of his own. Find out the best value in our Coca-Cola 600 picks.

AdventHealth 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

May 11, 2022 • 3:12 PM ET

RIP the Buschy McBusch Race. This year's far-less-hilarious AdventHealth 400 will run in its place on Sunday, and NASCAR bettors have a minefield of tightly-knit odds to navigate. Get the best intel with our AdventHealth 400 betting picks.

Goodyear 400 Picks, Predictions, and Race Preview

May 6, 2022 • 12:13 PM ET

While three drivers have dominated Darlington recently, none of them are having strong seasons, possibly opening the door for a sleeper in our Goodyear 400 picks. Is Austin Dillon the one? Find out in our NASCAR betting preview.

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