Why the runners? Starting at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, with 28 manufacturer presentations in only two days—the Detroit auto show is a marathon baby! Although the State of Michigan is becoming a black hole for commerce, the three American automakers still call Detroit home. So even though the debuts are more international than ever before, GM, Ford and Chrysler—and every other automaker, for that matter—will have lots of execs on hand to tell us how wonderful they are all doing. Like a paleontologist poking through dinosaur dung, I'll try and give you the straight poop. Check back here next Sunday. That's when all the fun starts with winners of the North American Car and Truck of the Year declared.