It's just a preseason race. No points, no championship implications, just money and pure racing.
It may only be A 75 lap race, but it is all racing fans want at this point.
There is something about watching the best of the best mix it up without worrying about their points impact that shows the pure competition this wonderful sport has. Beating, banging, three-wide passes, and action that lasts for the entire race.
17 drivers are set to take the track. It is also fans' first chance to see Daniel Suarez in a Cup car. The 25 year old Mexican driver is allowed to enter in replace of the now retired Carl Edwards.
Also in their first clash is 2nd year Texan Chris Buescher who will benefit from the added seat time in his new ride.
Interestingly, the sport's biggest star, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won't be piloting the 88 car on Saturday. Alex Bowman, Earnhardt's replacement for many races last season, will be attempting to grab his first win in a Cup car.
Although there is no points awarded and the only impact the race has is bragging rights, there is guaranteed action awaiting for Saturday night.
I suppose I need to make a prediction even though this is just a preseason event. I will predict the top 3 for every week of the season.
Look for Toyota to look strong early in this race. I know that's not a very bold prediction following their most dominate season ever in the sport, but I feel they have an upper hand going into the season.
However, I do not think they will win. I like Brad Keselowski to take the checkered followed by Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliot.
One thing is for sure, coming to the line these guys won't be playing nicely, and whoever find the most luck will come away on top.