"Kevin Harvick because he's the defending Daytona 500 champ, and he likes Mike Huckabee."
2 of 59Evan Agostini/Getty Images
"Dale, Jr. has great momentum and a desire to win...Combine that with a new team in Hendrick Motorsports, new equipment to showcase his talent, he's got the right team chemistry to get it done."
3 of 59 Noel Vasquez/Getty Images
"As a Southern girl I've got to go with one of my boys from North Carolina: Dale Jr. at the wire."
4 of 59Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
"Tony Stewart and the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota car are going to give Joe Gibbs the greatest retirement gift he could ask for."
5 of 59Mark Davis/Getty Images
"Tony Stewart, because I really want to see him climb that fence."
6 of 59AP
"I like Jimmie Johnson to win Daytona this year. He and Chad Knaus are such a great team, and like my Giants...it's all about teamwork."
7 of 59Courtesy of Evanovich.com, photo by Deborah Feingold
"Tony Stewart. There's a rumor if he wins Daytona they're going to give him a shot on Dancing With the Stars."
8 of 59Scott Wintrow/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson hasn't broken stride from his 2007 championship and appears to be the man to beat."
9 of 59Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
"Jeff Gordon will win. The Hendrick cars are going to be strong...I wouldn't rule out Earnhardt either. But if he does win it, Gordon and Johnson are going to help him."
10 of 59Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
"Now that he is with Hendrick Motorsports, I think this is the year for Dale Earnhardt Jr."
11 of 59Icon SMI
"Dale Earnhardt Jr. will win; all he needed was a fresh start. He's gonna win it all this year."
12 of 59Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
"Kasey Kahne. He's one of the up and coming drivers in NASCAR and hefinished the year strong. Plus, he and I have a partnership, so it's hard to pick anyone else."
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"I gotta go with my boy, Tony Stewart. He took the Brickyard in Indianapolis last year and this year he is due to take Daytona!"
14 of 59Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
"I have to go with the No. 8 car, Mark Martin. It's a good year to be No. 8 -- no one can beat him."
15 of 59Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson could win more races this year than any other driver, so why not start at Daytona."
16 of 59Ross Dettman/Getty Images
"I'll choose my number, the #10 car, Patrick Carpentier. Yes, I know this is his first Daytona 500, but I'll be rooting him on!"
17 of 59Mark Davis/Getty Images
There are so many great drivers that I can't seem to choose - Jimmie Johnson or Jeff Gordon or Dale Earnhardt Jr.... all are a good choice, because of their obvious ability as fantastic racers!!! If I have to pick one, I will go with Gordon."
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"Dale Earnhardt Jr. will win the 50th running of Daytona 500. This isn't wishful thinking, this is about the muscle of Hendrick Motorsports behind him and his first ever championship in front of him. The Elvis of NASCAR and the king of speed will get a jump on things at Daytona for his first win in two years."
19 of 59Robert Beck/SI
''Jimmie Johnson. Why not? The dominance continues in '08!''
20 of 59Ethan Miller/Getty Images
''I am hoping Jimmie Johnson wins. I'm hoping this because a) I've interviewed him and he's a nice guy and b) he is the only name associated with the Daytona 500 that I recognize. I am such an idiot; the first question I asked him was whether he liked coaching more in Dallas or Miami.''
21 of 59Stephen Chernin/IMG via Getty Images
"Jeff Gordon is NASCAR's quintessential driver. He has a knack for capturing big moments and will win this historic 50th running of the Daytona 500."
22 of 59AP
''Jeff Gordon. He has a proven track record at Daytona and wants a good start towards that fifth championship.''
23 of 59Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
''The Daytona 500, like the Presidential race, will be won by the team that dominates the middle, runs the smartest race, avoids pile-ups and comes on strong at the end. I'm going with Junior and Obama in '08!''
24 of 59Aaron Josefczyk/Icon SMI
"Jeff Gordon. By the time he's done, he just might be the greatest of all time."
25 of 59Chris Graythen/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson. He's the two-time champion. Enough said. He's dominant."
26 of 59Ethan Miller/Getty Images
"Jeff Gordon because he played on celebrity Poker Showdown. I have to pick the man who knows how to drive like a poker player."
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"I think it's going to be Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet winning the Daytona 500. That's a no-brainer."
28 of 59Jamie Squire/Getty Images
"With the way Jamie McMurray finished the season last year, the 26 car is my favorite to win the 500."
29 of 59Al Bello/Getty Images
Tony Stewart. He's a great driver. Plus I like that he was on unique autosports getting his car pimped out."
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"My pick is Jimmie Johnson. Not only does he have a great name, but he's also a great driver with championships and a Daytona 500 victory."
31 of 59AP
"It seems like Jimmie Johnson is everyone's favorite, but I'll go with Dale Jr., since I loved watching his dad race. He has the same driving abilities."
32 of 59Jamie Squire/Getty Images
"Have to go with Tony Stewart. His commitment and dedication, on-and-off the track, is inspiring and the work of a true champion."
33 of 59Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
"Dale Jr..... new car, new team, new sponsor...he's got something to prove."
34 of 59Paul Kane/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson, hands down."
35 of 59Darren Carroll/SI
"The Earnhardt name is legendary at Daytona. This kid wants to win the 50th and forever be a part of Daytona folklore."
36 of 59Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
"I am going with Kasey Kahne. He is very talented and drives the best brand -- Dodge."
37 of 59AP
"Dale Jr. With his new team and their history and success at Daytona, he should be one of the favorites."
38 of 59Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images
"Carl Edwards. He's going to win because of talent, style and timing."
39 of 59Jamie Squire/Getty Images
"Tony Stewart, because he is the best wall climber on the circuit."
40 of 59Michael Heape/SI
"I think Carl Edwards is going to win."
41 of 59Cliff Welch/Icon SMI
"Dale Jarrett will take the checkered flag at the 50th running of the Great American race, for two reasons. First, Dale is strong on superspeedways, and he will win the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for Toyota. Second, his sponsor is UPS, which also supports 'A Journey for 9.11,' my walk across the country to raise money for World Trade Center rescue and response workers now battling illness."
42 of 59Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson. This guy and his team get it done every week. He is a true champion."
43 of 59Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
"Jimmie Johnson...he's the champ and looks unstoppable"
44 of 59Robert Beck/SI
"Tony Stewart. He has no fear, and he drives like a maniac!"
45 of 59CNBC photo by Giovanni Rufino
"Jeff Gordon. He is the most talented, consistent driver we have seen in the modern era. At his best, it is his to lose. With Rick Hendrick, one of America's greatest businessmen as his partner, it is a formidable combination. That, and as my girlfriend, who is a Tennessee native and a long time fan will quite happily tell you, he's a hottie - which she tells me helps him drive even faster."
46 of 59Ed Wolfstein/Icon SMI
"Dale Earnhardt, Jr. He's aggressive and is always striving to be the best."
47 of 59Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
"Dale Earnhardt Jr. He has a new team, new car and I think this is going to be a crazy year for Little E."
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"Jimmie Johnson. He's been on a roll the last few years and I think he'll keep it up."
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"The 50th year celebration of the Daytona 500, a few hundred thousand fans, and some beer will make the event extra-extra special. Since Richard Petty isn't racing, I'll go with my father's pick (and fellow Colombian), Juan Pablo Montoya."
50 of 59Lou Capozzola/SI
"Dale Earnhardt, Jr., because I've always liked his style. I think this is his year."
51 of 59Joe Patronite/SI
"Carl Edwards, because his fitness will carry him through the demands of the Daytona 500."
52 of 59Bryan Bedder/Getty Images
"Smoke will win. Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Car without a doubt."
53 of 59David E. Klutho/SI
"Jimmie Johnson, because he's good."
54 of 59Mike Ehrmann/SI
"Juan Pablo Montoya, because he's my boy!"
55 of 59Theo Wargo/WireImage.com
"Jeff Gordon has supported the Rangers and come to some of our games, so I am going to root for him to win his fourth Daytona 500."
56 of 59Lou Capozzola/SI
''Tony Stewart because I like the Toyota teams' chances this season.''
57 of 59Chuck Solomon/SI
"Jeff Gordon...knows how to win this race...and he'll do it again."
58 of 59Courtesy of NASCAR
"Dale Earnhardt Jr....new team...new car....the Hendricks factor pays dividends right away."
59 of 59Courtesy of NASCAR
"Don't listen to my brother...it's going to be Tony Stewart. After this race, Toyota will have truly arrived in NASCAR!"
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