Las Vegas: Bill Elliott preview

Elliott Returns to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Racing in Las Vegas No. 91 UAW-NTC/Evernham Dodge Race Facts for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 Driver: Bill Elliott Team Director: Sammy Johns Owner: Ray Evernham Car Information: The No.

Elliott Returns to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Racing in Las Vegas

No. 91 UAW-NTC/Evernham Dodge Race Facts for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
Driver: Bill Elliott
Team Director: Sammy Johns
Owner: Ray Evernham

Car Information:
The No. 91 UAW-National Training Center/Evernham Dodge is running the new Evernham-designed chassis this week at Las Vegas. The team will convert most of its race cars to the Evernham chassis this season. The chassis was designed by the Evernham engineering team along with Dodge Motorsports engineering. It was tested at Las Vegas earlier this year.

Notes:

* The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 is the second race of the limited schedule Elliott will run for the 2004 season.

* In Elliott's six visits to Las Vegas Motor Speedway he has earned one top-five and three top-10s at the track. His best start came in his first race at the track, when he started fourth and finished ninth in the 1998 Las Vegas 400. Elliott's best finish came at the CarsDirect.com 400 in 2000 when he moved up 35 spots from his provisional start of 39th, to end up fourth on the day.

* Elliott's fourth place finish in 2000 marks the most positions a driver has ever advanced in any Las Vegas Winston Cup Series race (35).

Bill Elliott on the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400:

How do you prepare for races when you aren't running every week?
"I don't feel like I've missed much yet. It's only been two races. We tested in Las Vegas in late January and we were pretty good out there. We are ready to go for Las Vegas."

How much difference can you tell about the car with the new chassis?
"We ran the new Evernham chassis when we tested at Las Vegas and I liked it pretty well. We were pretty satisfied with how we came out. But, we've got to get a dialogue with it and really understand it. You can tell a difference between the Evernham chassis and what we were running. There are some things that are similar, but there's a lot that's different. We'll just take it one step at a time."

How is the sponsorship search going?
"We have a couple of things in the works, but nothing is concrete yet."

How is it going in your new role as the coach and mentor for Kasey Kahne?
"Kasey has done pretty well on his own so far. He's got a lot of experience on his own. I can't tell him how every single track is going to change or how he needs to run every race, but there are some tracks where I can help him more than others. Like at Sonoma, I think I can really help him.

"Watching him run up front at Rockingham made me feel like a proud parent. When I saw him get up there and stay up there, I knew I had made the right decision. It was the right decision for me, for the team and gave him an opportunity. I knew then I had done the right thing."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Kasey Kahne , Ray Evernham