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By the Numbers: Roush leads at Vegas; feast or famine for some

March 09, 2012, ,

For Starters

15 -- Roush Fenway Racing has the most NASCAR wins at Las Vegas with 15, including all seven of Ford's track-leading Cup Series victories. Roush also has five in the Nationwide Series, and three in the Truck Series, which races at Vegas in September.


Breakout Number

0 -- Kyle Busch does not have a top-10 finish in his first two starts in his own equipment. The last time he failed to finish in the top 10 in consecutive races was in 2008. Busch went 98 starts without consecutive finishes outside the top 10 between these two instances. His average finish at Las Vegas is 20.38, the lowest among all 31 tracks at which he has competed in the NNS.


Track Tidbits

1 -- The 1997 race at Las Vegas was the first Nationwide Series race west of the Mississippi River. Jeff Green, who is entered this week in the No. 10 Toyota of TriStar Motorsports, started from the pole and won, the first of 16 career victories for the 2000 series champion. Other drivers of note in that race: Todd Bodine (finished 3rd), Michael Waltip (4th), Dale Jarrett (11th), Bobby Labonte (12th) and current points leader Elliott Sadler, who crashed out and was credited with 30th place after starting second.

2 -- Only two of the 15 series races at Las Vegas have been won with a last-lap pass, both since the track was reconfigured in 2007, which changed the banking in the corners to 20 degrees and along the front- and backstretches to 9 degrees. Jeff Burton passed Kyle Busch in 2007; Mark Martin passed Brad Keselowski last year. In addition, two of the three races that have ended in a green-white-checkered finish also took place since the reconfiguration: Mark Martin held serve in 2008; Greg Biffle did likewise in 2009.

51 -- There have been 51 cautions in the five races since Las Vegas was reconfigured in 2007. The average number of cautions on the new configuration compared to the last five races on the old configuration (29) has increased by 76 percent. However, the six cautions last year were the fewest on the new configuration and the final green-flag stretch was 57 laps.

Recent Trends

2 -- Richard Childress Racing, which merged operations with the former Kevin Harvick Inc. and is running a full-time Nationwide slate for the first time since 2008, has two of the three drivers who have finished in the top five in the first two races this season: Elliott Sadler (3rd and 1st) and Austin Dillon (5th and 4th). They rank 1-2, respectively, in points. RCR had all three of its drivers finish in the top five at Phoenix (Kevin Harvick finished fifth); it's only the fourth time in team history they had three cars in the top five. Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski is the only other driver to start the season with back-to-back top-fives (2nd in both races).

4 -- Mark Martin leads all drivers with four series wins at Las Vegas, including the three most recent of his 49 career victories. Martin's four wins at Las Vegas came with four different crew chiefs and three different teams: Roush Fenway Racing (1999, 2005); JR Motorsports (2008); and Turner Motorsports (2011). He is driving Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 Toyota this week.

5 -- Las Vegas is one of five active tracks at which Toyota is winless in the Nationwide Series: Atlanta, Montreal, Michigan and Road America are the others. Joe Gibbs Racing, which switched from Chevrolet to Toyota in 2008, also is winless at Vegas in 27 starts with three different manufacturers. JGR also hasn't won at Atlanta, Montreal, Road America and Watkins Glen.


Breakout Number

3 -- Steve Addington has been the crew chief for three of the past four pole winners at Vegas: Kyle Busch (2008, '09) and Kurt Busch (2010). Addington and Kyle Busch won the race in 2009, although they dropped to the rear of the field at the start. Tony Stewart has won three of the past five races on 1.5-mile tracks, the only repeat winner in the past nine races at such venues.


Track Tidbits

3 -- Matt Kenseth has been passed for the win three times at Las Vegas, including the only last-lap pass in 2006, by Jimmie Johnson. That remains the only race out of 14 where the leader with 10 laps to go did not win.

4 -- In the past four races at Las Vegas, Jeff Gordon has two top-six finishes and two DNFs (crashes). In 14 overall starts, Gordon has seven top-sixes, including a win in 2001, and seven finishes of 15th or worse, including three DNFs for crashes.

26 -- Brad Keselowski has finished 26th or worse in all three of his races at Las Vegas. First-year Penkse Racing teammate A.J. Allmendinger hasn't finished better than 19th in three starts at LVMS.

Recent Trends

4 -- Jimmie Johnson has the most wins at Las Vegas with four, all in the past seven races; however, three of the past four races have resulted in finishes of 29th, 24th and 16th. Furthermore, Johnson leads all drivers with 16 wins on 1.5-mile tracks but has only one victory in the past 20 races at such venues (Kansas in Oct. 2011).

5 -- Denny Hamlin (4th and 1st), Greg Biffle (3rd and 3rd), Kevin Harvick (7th and 2nd), Mark Martin (10th and 9th) and Joey Logano are the only five drivers who have posted top-10 finishes in the first two races of the season.

7 -- There have been seven engine DNFs in the first two races: David Stremme, Jeff Gordon and Robby Gordon at Daytona; Marcos Ambrose, Jeff Burton, David Reutimann and Jamie McMurray at Phoenix. All four manufacturers have at least one engine DNF, with Chevrolet the only make with multiple DNFs (4). In addition, Chevy driver Tony Stewart had problems restarting his engine at Phoenix.

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