Finally, my No. 1 prediction for 2009: The revival of Yates Racing. Both David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil were in the top-35 in points last year, and now Yates has some monetary support with Paul Menard coming aboard.
In addition to this, as well as the new Ford FR9 engine, they now have the satellite operation of Hall of Fame Racing, who recently signed 2000 Cup champion Bobby Labonte.
The only problem I foresee is Gilliland and Kvapil making the first five races, seeing how Yates gave their points to Menard and Labonte.
In addition, Kvapil only has sponsorship for five races, and after that, Yates may pull the plug on his team.
But look at how well Kvapil was running in 2008: he had 4 top-10s and won a pole. Those numbers may not seem that great, but he ran a lot better than where he finished in most races.