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Despite the barely palatable buildup from all manner of whogivesacrap singers, the race has begun. With AJ Foyt at the wheel of the Corvette Zo6 pace car and Richard Petty dropping the green on this years historic 50th running of the Daytona 500, the race is on. Pole sitter, Jimmie Johnson is driving a car that looks like all the other cars save the fun decals and colors but he's in front. Now they're driving in a big circle.... weeeeee. Man, those car's of tomorrow sure are spoilerific. There's a breakdown of the starting grid below the fold, even though it's probably uncontrollably mixed up by now.

2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup 50th Daytona 500 Starting Lineup

Row 1
Inside: Jimmie Johnson Outside: Michael Waltrip
Rw 2
Inside: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Outside: Denny Hamlin
Row 3
Inside: Reed Sorensen Outside: Tony Stewart
Row 4
Inside: Ryan Newman Outside: Jeff Gordon
Row 5
Inside: Casey Mears Outside: Kasey Kahne
Row 6
Inside: Carl Edwards Outside: Mark Martin
Row 7
Inside: Bobby Labonte Outside: David Ragan
Row 8
Inside: Juan Montoya Outside: Kevin Harvick
Row 9
Inside: Kenny Wallace Outside: Greg Biffle
Row 10
Inside: Sam Hornish Jr. Outside: Dale Jarrett
Row 11
Inside: Paul Menard Outside: John Andretti
Row 12
Inside: Brian Vickers Outside: Kyle Busch
Row 13
Inside: Martin Truex Jr. Outside: Robby Gordon
Row 14
Inside: Scott Riggs Outside: Matt Kenseth
Row 15
Inside: Reagan Smith Outside: Travis Kvapil
Row 16
Inside: Clint Bowyer Outside: David Gilliland
Row 17
Inside: Jeremy Mayfield Outside: Dave Blaney
Row 18
Inside: Elliot Sadler Outside: Jeff Burton
Row 19
Inside: JJ Yeley Outside: Jamie McMurray
Row 20
Inside: Kyle Petty Outside: Dario Franchitti
Row 21
Inside: Joe Nemechek Outside: David Reutimann
Row 22
Inside: Kurt Busch


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