The Nextel Cup regulars will welcome themselves back to the 2-mile D-shape that is Michigan International Speedway this weekend for the 3M Performance 400. Last year's winner, Matt Kenseth, looks to pick up only his second win of the 2007 campaign at a track that teammate Carl Edwards took the victory at in June.
1. Matt Kenseth - He's due, and Roush Racing just never has an off day at Michigan or California
2. Carl Edwards - Cousin Carl will be good, but he's already in next year's All-Star race -- so he's happy.
3. Tony Stewart - Three-in-a-row is tough to do, but it is summertime and weirder things have happened.
4. Jeff Gordon - Speaking of weirder things, Gordon has some confidence to rebuild this weekend after last week's mishap with 2 to go. Oh, and crew chief Steve Letarte is back.
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. - Think his engine will make it 400 miles? Is Junior starting to count the days?
6. Denny Hamlin - Strong everywhere so you know it'll happen for him at Michigan.
7. Kyle Busch - He's had an exciting week with the Gibbs announcement. Will the stupid comments resume now that he has a place to land?
8. Juan Pablo Montoya - Told the world on ESPN his worst moment so far was wrecking at MIS in June. With the incident behind last week, Montoya should be looking to prove why he's here.
9. Kevin Harvick - Should've won at Fontana, shouldn't have gotten into it with Montoya. But hey, it happens.
10. Jimmie Johnson - How strong will he and Chad Knaus be with their first weekend back at the racetrack together?
Wildcard: Jeff Burton - The AT&T Cingular driver hasn't been too worried about making the Chase, but the accident last week with JPM and Harvick hurt in the points. He needs to step it up, but hasn't as of late.
Longshot: Clint Bowyer - He nearly had the win a year ago at Michigan before his motor blew up very late in the race. It's time for Bowyer to find Nextel Cup victory lane.