Day one of Las Vegas test

LAS VEGAS - A new sponsor and a new crew chief has already given Elliott Sadler confidence heading into the 2001 campaign. His test session on Monday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has the third-year driver feeling especially good about the March 4,...

LAS VEGAS - A new sponsor and a new crew chief has already given Elliott Sadler confidence heading into the 2001 campaign. His test session on Monday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has the third-year driver feeling especially good about the March 4, UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

Sadler's Motorcraft Ford was the fastest car among 14 NASCAR Winston Cup teams who tested at the 1.5-mile superspeedway. Sadler's speed of 169.833 miles per hour was slightly faster than that of rookie Andy Houston who toured the track at 169.242 mph. In all, 14 drivers tested NASCAR Winston Cup cars.

"(New crew chief) Pat (Tryson) coming on board has made this a new game and a new team," Sadler said. "We tested at Kentucky to get ready for this, and we learned a lot. We're really happy with where we are. We have had three good tests, and we have two cars here that area really close. You're going to see big things from this team this year."

Las Vegas' Kurt Busch, who will be competing with Houston for rookie of the year honors, was involved in the day's only crash. Busch got into the wall in turn four and caused extensive damage to his Roush Racing Ford. Busch went to his secondary car for the remainder of the day.

Greg Biffle was the fastest of three Busch cars in the field. Biffle's speed of 167.110 mph was much faster than Chad Little (163.053) or Tony Raines (163.964). The teams of Shane Hall and Tim Sauter were slowed by snow in Texas and did not arrive in time for their scheduled test on Monday.

The following is a list of NASCAR Winston Cup drivers and their times from Monday's test: Sadler (169.8332 mph), Houston (169.242), Jerry Nadeau (169.136), Joe Nemechek (168.324), Jeff Gordon (168.214), Ricky Craven (168.193), Bobby Hamilton (167.333), Brendan Gaughan (166.651), Mark Martin (166.400), Kenny Wallace (166.266), Dale Earnhardt (165.193), Mike Skinner (164.755), Terry Labonte (164.674) and Busch (163.127).

Testing will continue throughout the week. Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd are among the drivers who will join the test on Tuesday.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bobby Hamilton , Dale Jarrett , Terry Labonte , Rusty Wallace , Mike Skinner , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Shane Hall , Jerry Nadeau , Andy Houston , Kurt Busch , Tony Raines , Ricky Craven , Chad Little , Tim Sauter , Elliott Sadler , Mark Martin