Daytona 500 2012: 15 Bold Predictions for This Year's Great American Race

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Daytona 500 2012: 15 Bold Predictions for This Year's Great American Race
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It's time for the Daytona 500

It's that time again! NASCAR's offseason is almost over, and the Great American Race is upon us. 

This year, the 54th running of the Daytona 500 promises to be an exciting one, and it always delivers as the Super Bowl of NASCAR.

The race will be next Sunday, February 26th at 12:00 p.m. EST at the Daytona International Speedway.

The festivities start with the Budweiser Shootout at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 18th and the running of the Gatorade Duels on Thursday, February 23rd, starting at 1:00 p.m. EST.

If there is anything we know about the Daytona 500, it's that it's draft racing at its best, and anything can happen.

Among the other few things we know:

Grammy Award-winning rocker Lenny Kravitz will perform at the pre-race ceremonies.

Jane Lynch and recently announced SI Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton will be grand marshals.

WWE superstar John Cena will be the honorary starter.

We don't know who will perform the national anthem, but the USAF Thunderbirds will do the flyover afterwards.

Oh, and by the way, there is also the matter of that record $19 million-plus prize fund for this year's drivers. I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see how it shakes out.

Here are some bold predictions for this year's race.

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