The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be packed with race cars when qualifying gets under way for the Shelby 427 on Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Fifty-one teams have filed entries for this year's event, which are the second-most entries ever for a Sprint Cup race at LVMS. There were 53 entries for the 2007 event.

Every former Cup winner at LVMS is entered, including 2002 race winner Sterling Marlin, who did not attempt to qualify last year. Six Sprint Cup Series champions also are in the field.

Several stars from various open-wheel series including Formula I, Indy Racing League and Champ Car will compete. Those drivers include Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Speed, Sam Hornish Jr., A.J. Allmendinger and Max Papis.

For the first time since Kyle Busch in 2004, a driver will be attempting to make his Sprint Cup debut at LVMS. Dexter Bean, a 22-year old from Wisconsin, will attempt to qualify for his first ever Sprint Cup race in the No. 51 Black Jack Dodge.

Tickets for the March 1 Shelby 427 are available online at or by calling the speedway ticket services department at 1-800-644-4444.