So Carl Edwards is on the pole for next Sunday's Daytona 500. That makes him the man to beat.
Well, not necessarily.
The last time the winner of the Daytona 500 pole went on to win the race? Dale Jarrett in 1996. The last 15 pole winners failed to win the Daytona 500.
Last year's pole winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished 24th in the race.
So, wanna put your money on Carl Edwards? History may may make you want to rethink that one.
Then again, history is made to be broken. We'll see Sunday.