Las Vegas: Bill Elliott preview

Bill Elliott No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T Racing at Las Vegas "I've had pretty good luck at Las Vegas. I just like the place. I don't know why, really. It's like Michigan, and I really like Michigan too. It's smooth and it's fast. I usually...

Bill Elliott
No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T

Racing at Las Vegas
"I've had pretty good luck at Las Vegas. I just like the place. I don't know why, really. It's like Michigan, and I really like Michigan too. It's smooth and it's fast. I usually get around there pretty well. This race is going to be big for us because the UAW and Dodge are sponsoring the race. Any time you have your biggest sponsors involved with a race, it makes it a pretty big weekend."

Testing
"We didn't test at Las Vegas, but Jeremy did. That should help us though. They learned some things that I'm sure we'll use throughout the weekend. It's like in Miami last year. We didn't test, but the No. 19 did and we used some of their notes. It really is a one-team kind of deal."

Rockingham
"We had a pretty good race at Rockingham. I said after the race that 11 seems to be our lucky number so far. Maybe I should use it since we're going to Vegas. Really though, Mike (Ford, crew chief) and the guys have really been working hard and it shows. I think we're eighth in points right now so we're happy with what we've been able to do two races into the season."

STATS & FACTS

* In Elliott's four visits to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he has earned one top five and two 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. His 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.

* In the 2001 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas, Elliott started 16th and finished 14th. He led 11 laps on the day - the first laps led of his career at the track.

* After starting 28th in last weekend's Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, Elliott spent his day working to improve the handling of the No. 9 Dodge Intrepid R/T. Battling through traffic, the 27-year veteran patiently picked his way through the field. A late race charge propelled him from the 20th spot to an 11th place finish.

* After consecutive 11th place finishes in the season's first two races, Elliott has moved up from the 12th position in the 2002 Winston Cup points standings into the 8th position. He currently sits 22 points out of fifth place. For the past four years, Elliott has averaged a 10th place position in the points standings coming into Las Vegas.

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