Sonoma area race fan now in Guinness record book with collection of 324 NASCAR-themed cereal boxes

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How many of our mothers told us to eat our cereal while we were growing up?

Randy Ricci’s mom probably did that, too, but we have to wonder if she told him to also keep the boxes the cereal came in.

Ricci, a resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., and a regular at Sonoma Raceway, started collecting cereal boxes with NASCAR themes or pictures of drivers on the covers back in 1989.

Now, a quarter-century later, Ricci is in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the largest collection of cereal boxes (now sits at 324) with one theme – NASCAR, of course, according to a video interview on ThisIsGuavo.com.

“I guess it became quite an obsession,” Ricci told “ThisIsGuavo.com”

Ricci, 60, trotted out his collection and displayed it on the start-finish line at Sonoma last month, and two just-released videos chronicle his unique hobby (see both below),

“Everyone wants to leave something behind … be it a legacy, or be it a collection dedicated to their life-long love of something,” Ricci told ThisIsGuavo.com. “Mine just happens to be a big collection of boxes!

“Some people may find it funny, and others may just smile. But if it puts a bit of positive focus away from all the bad things happening around the world then I’m happy.”

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Who has the best odds of winning Sunday’s Indianapolis 500?

Can Takuma Sato make it 2 Indy 500 wins in a row Sunday? Photo: IndyCar
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Noted oddsmaker Bovada (www.Bovada.lv) has released its annual list of which drivers have the best — or worst — odds of winning Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Topping the list is 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi at 8/1 odds, followed closely by Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves (going for a record-tying fourth 500 triumph), 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden and Will Power, all at 10/1 odds.

Other notables include:

  • Pole sitter Ed Carpenter 12/1
  • Danica Patrick 25/1
  • Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, who is vying to become the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves did so in 2001 and 2002, 30/1
  • Rounding out the list with the highest odds of winning is Max Chilton at 25/1

Here’s the full list:

Indianapolis 500 – Odds to Win @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Alexander Rossi #27                  8/1

Helio Castroneves #3                 10/1

Josef Newgarden #1                  10/1

Will Power #12                          10/1

Sebastien Bourdais #18             12/1

Ed Carpenter #20                      12/1

Scott Dixon #9                          12/1

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28               12/1

Simon Pagenaud #22                12/1

Marco Andretti #98                    15/1

Tony Kanaan #14                       15/1

Sage Karam #24                        20/1

Carlos Munoz #29                      25/1

Danica Patrick #13                    25/1

Graham Rahal #15                     30/1

Takuma Sato #30                      30/1

Robert Wickens #6                    30/1

Gabby Chaves #88                    40/1

JR Hildebrand #66                     40/1

Ed Jones #10                            40/1

Charlie Kimball #23                    40/1

Spencer Pigot #21                     40/1

Zach Veach #26                        40/1

Stefan Wilson #25                     40/1

Zachary Claman De Melo #19     80/1

Jay Howard #7                          80/1

Matheus Leist #4                       80/1

Jack Harvery #60                       100/1

Oriol Servia #64                         100/1

Conor Daly #17                         150/1

James Davison #33                   200/1

Kyle Kaiser #32                         200/1

Max Chilton #59                        250/1