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NASCAR Hauler Parade on the Strip ushers in annual NASCAR Week

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Matt Kenseth holds up his trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 10, 2013.

2013 Kobalt Tools 400 Won by Matt Kenseth

The Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, fly over the Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the start of the during the Kobalt Tools 400 NASCAR race Sunday, March 10, 2013. Launch slideshow »

The excitement of NASCAR Week in Las Vegas has begun. The odds-makers at William Hill are already favoring six-time Sprint Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson to win Sunday’s Kobalt 400 at our Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jimmie, who has won the race four times here, is a 7-1 favorite to hit the jackpot again. Kevin Harvick, who won last weekend’s NASCAR race in Phoenix, and three-time Las Vegas winner Matt Kenseth and the defending 400 winner are next at 15-2.

Reigning Daytona 500 champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. is 8-1 to earn his first Las Vegas Motor Speedway Cup victory. Our hometown drivers and brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch are 10-1 and 20-1, respectively.

Kyle’s Monster Energy NASCAR #54 show car is on display at Stratosphere. Kevin, who won the Profit CNBC 5000 in rain-swept Phoenix International Speedway track Sunday has already arrived. He visited Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island on Monday night.

The first big look at the racing teams is Wednesday with the 6 p.m. start of the NASCAR Hauler Parade from South Point on the south end of the Strip proceeding north to the new SLS Hotel at Sahara before entering I-15 northbound to the LVMS track.

Fans have packed the Strip in previous years for the annual parade of the vehicles. We’ll have our full preview of NASCAR here on Thursday.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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