The Frontstretch: Viva La Roushland-Fantasy Insight- Nextel Cup Las Vegas by Dennis Michelsen -- Wednesday March 8, 2006

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Viva La Roushland-Fantasy Insight- Nextel Cup Las Vegas

Dennis Michelsen · Wednesday March 8, 2006


Roush Racing has won five of the eight Nextel Cup races run here in the desert. That is a pretty impressive record indeed. Last season Jimmie Johnson and his Hendricks Racing team put on a great battle against Kurt Busch and his Roush Racing buddies.

Will it be more of the same this season? There is talk of tweaking this track to add a little more banking ala Miami Speedway with the progressive banking strategy that has been so successful. But this season the new Ford Fusion appears to be the most dominant car coming into the race this weekend.

Perhaps the one factor that may keep Crew Chiefs guessing is colder than normal weather expected. ( Teams tested in the warmer conditions and now face a big swing in temperatures and cloud conditions upon their return. But in the end the only character as likely as Elvis to show up in Victory Lane is the Cat in the Hat Jack Roush!

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By the Numbers-Statistical Look at This Week’s Race
(Detailed stats at
Loop Data for Las Vegas

Horses for Courses

Driver Course

T Stewart 93
M Kenseth 91.8
J Johnson 89.4
S Marlin 88
J Gordon 86.6
D Jarrett 86.4
K Harvick 85.6
Ku Busch 85.4
M Martin 85.2
J Burton 85

Consistency Factor

Driver   Last 5
C Mears   92.6
M Martin   92.2
C Edwards   91.2
J Johnson   91
M Kenseth   89.6
T Stewart   88
C Bowyer   87.6
J Gordon   87
D Jarrett   87
R Newman   86.6

Track Type Factor

J Gordon   93.2
J Mayfield   91.6
J Green   91.6
T Stewart   91.2
D Blaney   89.6
M Martin   87.8
K Harvick   87.8
M Truex   87.4
J Johnson   86.2
T Kvapil   85

Power Rating

T Stewart   272
J Gordon   267
J Johnson   267
M Martin   265
M Kenseth   257
C Mears   257
K Harvick   255
C Edwards   253
J Mayfield   251
K Kahne   249
J Burton   248
R Newman   247
Ku Busch   246
E Sadler   246
Ky Busch   246
D Blaney   246
G Biffle   245
D Earnhardt Jr   245
T Kvapil   245
D Jarrett   244

Handicapping the Race

Win Mark Martin
This crazy old man will be up front and in the hunt

Place Matt Kenseth
Could make it back to back wins

Show Carl Edwards
Maybe the best flip in Las Vegas this side of Circus Circus

Top Rookie Denny Hamlin
Gibbs cars should be strong and this kid is amazing

Last Place Kevin LePage
But the Hooter’s Casino girls will make everyone forget

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