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Frontstretch Folio: UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400

Kim DeHaven · Thursday March 8, 2007

 

The Nextel Cup Series heads to “Sin City” this weekend to test their luck at the newly renovated Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 is the third race of the 2007 Nextel Cup season and will be broadcast live on Sunday, March 11th at 4:30 pm ET on Fox, with radio coverage by PRN affiliates nationwide. Competitors will make 267 circuits for 400.5 miles around the mile-and-a-half oval in their quest for the checkered flag.

Records and Facts
Kasey Kahne holds the record for the fastest lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, posting a qualifying lap with a time of 30.874 seconds and a speed of 174.94 mph to win the pole for the 2004 running of the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400. Dale Jarrett (1998 and 2001) and Bobby Labonte (1999 and 2003) are the only repeat pole winners.

There are three different two-time winners at Las Vegas, all of them back-to-back: Jeff Burton, 1999-2000; Matt Kenseth, 2003-2004; Jimmie Johnson, 2005-2006.

Sterling Marlin is the oldest driver to grace Las Vegas Motor Speedway's victory lane. He was 44 years, 8 months, 1 day old when he won the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 on March 3, 2002. The youngest winner at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was Jimmie Johnson. Johnson was 29 years, 6 months, 24 days old when he won the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 on March 13, 2005.

Mark Martin holds the fastest race record time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He attained the record of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 58 seconds with a speed of 146.554 mph on March 1, 1998 in the Las Vegas 400. With NASCAR’s mandate to use the smaller 13-gallon fuel cell this weekend, do not look for this long-standing record to fall.

The closest margin of victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway came in 2006 when Jimmie Johnson defeated Matt Kenseth by 0.045 second. The greatest margin of victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway came in 2003 when Matt Kenseth defeated Dale Earnhardt, Jr. by 9.104 seconds.

In the nine Cup races held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the winner has never started on the front row and has only started from inside the top ten three times.

Ford holds the record for most wins by a manufacturer at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with five. Chevrolet is second at three wins, while Dodge has only one.

The best finish by a Raybestos Rookie of the Year contender at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is second place. This was achieved by Kyle Busch in 2005 and Kasey Kahne in 2004.

The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Las Vegas was 25th by Matt Kenseth in 2004.

Dale Jarrett won the first NASCAR Nextel (Winston) Cup Bud Pole at Las Vegas on February 28, 1998. Mark Martin won the first NASCAR Nextel (Winston) Cup race at Las Vegas, the Las Vegas 400 on March 1, 1998, in a Ford.

The race at Las Vegas has been shortened by rain just once in 2000 - 148 laps/222 miles were run.

More incentive to win
The total purse for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is $6,381,100.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Leader bonus, awarded to a race winner who is also leading the NEXTEL Cup points, will be worth $30,000 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Race Festivities
National Anthem: Sierra Boggess
Military Flyover: United States Air Force Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, NV

Quotable
“It's really, really fast. It's going to be interesting to see what happens when you get 43 cars running all at the same time.” – Dave Blaney on the newly reconfigured Las Vegas Motor Speedway

“Very rarely in my career have I allowed myself to stop for a second and think about a win or anything, but for a few minutes I did that night. It was a big deal to win at Vegas and we had done that. It's still a special win for me." – Mark Martin reflecting on his victory in the inagural event at LVMS.

“As a team, you can't let it be a distraction - we have to go out and run every lap as hard as possible and not worry about it. This team has always performed well when the pressure is on, and I expect nothing less this week.” – Dale Earnhardt, Jr. about starting the 2007 season with two DNFs

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