The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rolls into Las Vegas for the third race of the season. Some say that the season starts in Daytona, others say that the season starts at Auto Club Seedway, but I say that it begins this weekend. Why? Well, the first two races make it very difficult to get a measure of who will be successful for the WHOLE season, and who can be very consistent. Having two "cookie cutter" tracks in a row(although I disagree with that term) can give us fans and media what to expect. Now here are the drivers to watch this weekend:
* Jimmie Johnson: The 48 team just rebounded after a terrible finish in the Daytona 500 by winning the Auto Club 500. Now it is time to prove the media wrong that he does not have a golden horse shoe "where the sun don't shine." If he is a very good contender today(as always) then it would be a safe bet that he will contend throughout the year and for the championship.
* Jeff Gordon: "Big Daddy" seems to be getting off the a rough start this season after receiving two very low finishes in the first two races. He is currently the last Hendrick Motorsports car in the standings, so it is time to see if he will be a contender this year or not.
* Dale Earnhardt Jr: The driver who was last in the HMS stable last year has gotten off to a so-so start. A great finish in the opener, a bad finish in the second race. This could be a make or break race for Junior for his whole season. No pressure.
* Denny Hamlin: Okay, he wasn't my pick for the championship, but everyone else seems to think so. It is now time to see if he has what it takes. It's as simple as that.
* Carl Edwards: New father Carl has got some work to do. He went winless in 2009 and now he's got a baby on his mind. Can he rebound this weekend and return to victory lane? Well, he's done it here before, we will just have to wait and see.
These guys aren't the only ones. Anyone can break the odds this weekend in Sin City. Stay tuned, because it's just heating up.
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