Las Vegas Oddsmaker Favors Johnson in NEXTEL All-Star Race, SPEED's Coverage to Air in New York's Times Square.

 Station Casinos in Las Vegas has listed Jimmie Johnson as a 4 to 1 favorite to win the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge Saturday night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

"Johnson has dominated not only at Charlotte, but on every similar 1.5-mile track," said Micah Roberts, director of race and sports for Station Casinos. "So far in the three events this year on tracks that fall into that category, Johnson has two wins. The other factor that makes him such a favorite is that there simply isn't another car that you can make a real case for."

Odds on Jeff Gordon are 5 to 1 while Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart are listed at 7 to 1.

According to the casino's odds, Carl Edwards is a 3 to 1 favorite to win the NEXTEL Open with Clint Bowyer and Juan Pablo Montoya next at 5 to 1.


SPEED will share Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge with visitors to New York's legendary Times Square as the network delivers its live event coverage to the 1,400-square-foot News Astrovision by Panasonic Screen located at One Times Square.

"This is a very cool opportunity to show off one of NASCAR's most exciting events in a unique and extraordinary way," said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. "SPEED is looking for every means to show the world the network is proud and excited to be the home of the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge for at least the next eight years. Delivering this kind of message in Times Square-it simply doesn't get any bigger than that."


Good seats for Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online here.