What to watch for It's a roll of the dice in Vegas as far as picking this year's winner is concerned. With a new surface and higher banking, the track should feature more side-by-side racing in 2007.
Judging by past stats, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth should continue to run well in Sin City. Both Johnson and Kenseth are repeat winners. J.J. cashed in last year and in 2005. Kenseth was a winner in 2003 and '04, before running second last season to Johnson. Since the event began in 1998, Johnson, Kenseth and Jeff Burton (1999 and 2000) have all won back-to-back. Six of the nine races have been claimed by the trio.
Las Vegas locals Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch have never won on their home track, but it wouldn't be a surprise if one of the brothers took the checkers at the grand re-opening. Of the two, young Kyle seems the more likely, with a second in his rookie run in 2005 and a third last year.
Tony Stewart has never won in Vegas, but he has completed 100 percent of the laps since 2000, with 99 laps led over his last three runs and 175 laps led over his previous five races.
After winning in 2001, Jeff Gordon went cold before consecutive top-5 runs in the last two years. Meanwhile, Kasey Kahne has been streaky hot in his three trips to Vegas. Kahne was runner-up to Kenseth in his first trip, busted up his Dodge in 2005 and finished fourth last season.
Keep an eye on... Greg Biffle -- If this track runs like Homestead - and it just might - Biffle could be the guy to beat. He suffered a hard crash here during winter Goodyear testing, and while he may not remember much about the wreck, it's a sure bet he remembers plenty about the track's characteristics.
Kevin Harvick -- He was fifth at Homestead last year in the Cup race, sixth in the Busch race and should contend more often than not in '07.
Scott Riggs -- His comfort in the Evernham Dodges was evident as 2006 wore on. If he can catch a break or two, he could hit the jackpot here.
Martin Truex Jr. -- The DEI setups have been far more agreeable with the intermediate tracks since the close of 2005. Truex will challenge for a win or two this season, with tracks like Vegas and Homestead serving as his best bets.