Memorable moments at Las Vegas
By Staff Report | Thursday, September 23, 2021
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NASCAR.com takes a look back at some of the sport's top moments at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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1996Jack Sprague wins the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in Las Vegas while Ron Hornaday Jr. wins the series championship in the final race of the season.
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1997Polesitter Jeff Green wins the first race in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Las Vegas.
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1998Mark Martin wins the inaugural NASCAR Cup Series race at the track and celebrates with these showgirls.
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2003Brendan Gaughan of Las Vegas wins the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at his home track.
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2006Jimmie Johnson beats Matt Kenseth by .045 seconds, the closest NASCAR Cup Series finish at the track, for his second consecutive Las Vegas victory. Johnson made a last-lap pass coming out of Turn 4 for the dramatic win.
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2008Mike Skinner edges Erik Darnell by .020 seconds for the closest national series finish at the track.
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2009Johnny Sauter gets his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory.
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2009Las Vegas native Kyle Busch gets his first NASCAR Cup Series win at his hometown track.
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2011Mark Martin wins his fourth NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas, making him the all-time series leader at the track in victories. Danica Patrick finishes fourth for the best finish by a woman in a national series race.
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2014Brad Keselowski wins in one of the more intriguing finishes in track history. Dale Earnhardt Jr., on a fuel gamble, ran dry on the final lap, allowing Keselowski to sneak by for the victory. Earnhardt finished second.
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2017Martin Truex Jr. wins at Las Vegas, the first of eight victories that year en route to winning the championship in the NASCAR Cup Series
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2017Contact on the final lap of the race led Kyle Busch to confront Joey Logano on pit road, and the two drivers got into an altercation before being separated.
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20182018 marked the first year in history that Las Vegas served as the NASCAR Playoffs opener for the NASCAR Cup Series. The high fall heat and slick track made for a show and saw Brad Keselowski win to clinch his spot in the Round of 12.
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2020Kurt Busch grabbed his first win at his home track after 21 winless efforts. The win also locked him into the Round of 8 of the NASCAR Playoffs.