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Status: Final Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 3 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

  • When:

    March 7, 2004 3:00 pm EST

  • Laps:

    267

  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    401.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $6,011,590

Drivers to Watch

Kurt Busch The 25-year-old Las Vegas native started fifth here last season but finished 38th after he was part of a multi-car crash on lap 177 with Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner, Larry Foyt, Rusty Wallace and Todd Bodine; although Busch is a Las Vegas native, he and his family have moved to North Carolina; started 27th and finished eighth at the Subway 400.
Bobby Labonte Waited out a five-hour rain delay last year and set a Las Vegas Motor Speedway record at a blistering 173.016 miles per hour around the 1 1/2-mile banked track; finished fourth here last season and the following week started fourth and won the MBNA 500; was 11th in the Dayton 500 and 25th in the Subway 400, dropping six spots in the standings to 17th, one behind older brother Terry.
Jimmie Johnson Had the longest active streak on the circuit with 70 straight weeks in the top 10 of the standings following a fifth-place finish at the Dayton 500; that streak, which was the ninth-longest in NASCAR history, came to an end as he fell to 25th place after finishing 41st at the Subway 400; was coming out of a pit stop on lap 131 when he was hit by Ken Schrader's car and sent into the inside retaining wall; started 10th and finished 11th here last year.
Kevin Harvick Bakersfield, California native enjoys Las Vegas, where he was married on February 28, 2001; spent a lot of time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while driving on the Winston West circuit; finished 13th in the Subway 400 to move up to third in the standings; has been in the top 10 in the standings for 23 straight race weeks; was 13th here last season.
Tony Stewart Led seven times for a race-high 97 laps at the Daytona 500 before being passed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 20 laps remaining; since this race is the first of the year in which the rear spoiler height will be reduced and softer tires used, Stewart drove test runs here on January 27-28. "Anytime you have a new tire, especially when you take some spoiler away and downforce out of the car, there's a learning period," he said. "But I think that suits the Home Depot team well;" started eighth and finished fifth here last year.
Jeff Gordon Four-time Winston Cup champion won here in 2001 and finished third in 1999; started second last year and led the first 50 laps before being shuffled to the middle after a round of pit stops - drove back into contention, but finished 37th after being involved in a multi-car crash on lap 177; has started the season with a pair of top-10 finishes and is fifth in the standings.
Matt Kenseth The 2003 Winston Cup champion matched his victory total from last year as he edged rookie Kasey Kahne by one-hundredth of a second to win the Subway 400; collected $222,303 for his eighth career win; his only win last year came in Las Vegas, where his pit crew needed just 13.6 seconds to put four tires on his Ford Taurus and fill it with enough fuel to enable him to maintain the lead for the final 31 laps; led twice here last year for a total of 88 laps; his best finish here had been 14th in 2000 and 2002; is seventh points behind Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the lead in the Nextel Cup standings.
Jeff Burton Has competed in all six races at Las Vegas and is the only driver to record two victories (1999, 2000); has posted five top-10 finishes here, placing sixth last season; off to rough start in 2004, finishing 42nd in the Daytona 500 and 37th in the Subway 400 two weeks ago; began 2003 with two top-15 finishes.
The rookie opened the season by finishing third at the Daytona 500 for the best effort by a first-year driver since Jeff Gordon placed fifth in 1993; the Wisconsin native enjoyed success in short-track racing in his home state in the Hooter's Pro Cup Series and was one of the top drivers on the Busch circuit the last two years; had one top-10 finish in six Winston Cup starts in 2003.