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Race Capsule

Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 4 of 37 on XFINITY circuit

  • Where:

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

  • When:

    March 12, 2005 4:10 pm EST

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.5 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Elliott Sadler Led three times for 21 laps but finished a distant second to Martin in last week's All-Star Challenge here; is fourth in the series standings despite only one top-five finish; ran seventh in Richmond two weeks ago for his sixth top-10 result; best finishing this season was a second in the Food City 500 a day after winning his first pole since 2003; has only three career poles in 224 career events; finished outside the top 15 in his first 11 career starts here before running fifth in this event last year and adding a seventh in the UAW-GM Quality 500 in October.
Kasey Kahne Claimed his first career checkered flag in 47 starts two weeks ago in Chevy American Revolution 400 at Richmond; led a career-high 242 laps, including the final 106, to finally break through after six career runner-ups; has recorded four top-fives over the last eight events to climb 23 spots to 15th in the standings; was fourth on the circuit with 13 top-fives as a rookie last year; ran 12th in this event last year before being saddled with a 32nd following an accident here in October; was among seven cars knocked out due to a nine-car pile-up on lap 36 in last weekend's All-Star Challenge here.
Has won a series-high four races in the last 12 points events dating to the 2004 finale; each one of his three victories this season have followed a win by Jeff Gordon; is just 41 points behind series front-runner Jimmie Johnson on the strength of seven top-10s, including a sixth in Richmond two weeks ago; has held a lead in eight of 11 points races for a series-high 739 laps; competed in last weekend's NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge here but was unable to finish for the second straight year; was knocked out of the non-points All-Star event by teammate Kurt Busch on lap 11 in 2004 and was forced out on lap 70 this year when Elliott Sadler damaged his left-front fender; struggled on this track last year, running 21st in this event and 33rd in the fall race.
Mark Martin Four-time series runner-up became the oldest winner of the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge last week at age 46; led 24 laps, including the final 19, to win the All-Star event for the second time in 16 starts and collect over $1 million; last visited victory lane in a points race in Dover on June 6, 2004; is 10th in the series standings in what he announced last year as his final full season on the circuit; has five top-10s this season with best result being a third in Advance Auto Parts 500 in Nashville on April 10; hoping to ride momentum of All-Star victory into a run at first series title: "We've been in the top 10 in every race but one this year, so it's not outside the realm of possibility. If we're going to come back here with fire in our eyes in the 600 and man, we go from here to Dover, there to Pocono and then from there to Michigan, we could get on a roll here."
Matched a season high with a fourth-place finish in Charlotte on Sunday, two days after his 36th birthday; climbed three spots to 13th in the standings; was runner-up to Newman in this event in 2003 before running eighth in last year's edition; seeking first checkered flag since Richmond on September 11, when he gained entry into the "Chase" in the season's 26th race; has managed just five top-10s in 22 events since, however.