Las Vegas has the usual odds for today's race but are they right?
Kyle Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya will also start from the back, but I have no doubts that Kyle will move to the front without too many problems. After all, this is his home track. Well, he and his brother, Kurt's home track. I expect to see both of them up at the front throughout the day.
Carl Edwards has gone winless since this race last year. He is hungry and has been honest about that. Carl races well at Vegas, so certainly should be up front at the end. And what about Smoke, Tony Stewart? He finished second to Carl last year, and after a couple of bad luck weeks, he wants to regain his winning momentum from 2011.
However, at the risk of jinxing him, it is my favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr who was fastest in yesterday's final practice. Remember a few years ago when Jr couldn't get around Las Vegas to save his soul?? Well, this just may be the weekend to change all that. How fitting would it be for him to break this horrendous drought today?
The drivers' meeting is underway as I type this, and for the first time is outside and public. Yes, the drivers' meeting is being viewed by the media and fans, and live streaming on SPEED.com.
The race will get underway shortly, and this fan is happy for Timmy Hill, a first timer in the field, and for Kenny Schrader, an old favorite making his bajillionth start.
And don't forget, on lap 77 on twitter, we all want to tweet #RIPDan77 in memory of Dan Wheldon. (Follow me if you want @JrCanuckFan)
So, if you are watching and want to yell, yell here. If you aren't watching, stuck at work, watching some other sport (is there another sport?) and want updates, then join in. We'll keep you up to date as usual, and give you some of you gut feelings about what we see. Don't forget to make your bets at the Game Center. You could win some QBucks!
In the words of Darrell Waltrip, Boogity Boogity Boogity, Let's go racing!