Las Vegas: Jerry Nadeau preview

No luck Nadeau looking for different fate. LAS VEGAS (Feb. 26, 2003) -- It only seems fitting that Las Vegas is the place where Jerry Nadeau is looking to change his luck. Despite strong runs in the first two NASCAR Winston Cup races...

No luck Nadeau looking for different fate.

LAS VEGAS (Feb. 26, 2003) -- It only seems fitting that Las Vegas is the place where Jerry Nadeau is looking to change his luck.

Despite strong runs in the first two NASCAR Winston Cup races at Daytona and Rockingham, the results - 28th and 26th respectively - did not draw a parallel with Nadeau's on-track performance.

"So far we've had some horrible luck," said Nadeau. "It's a streaky thing and we're looking for that luck factor to be on our side this weekend. What's important is we're running strong and heading in the right direction."

Nadeau will hopefully have the demons exorcised when he straps into his blue and red USG No. 01 Pontiac Grand Prix for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Las Vegas race will be one of four events that USG will be the primary sponsor on the No. 01 Pontiac. The U.S. Army, which will be the primary sponsor for a minimum of 27 races, will be an associate sponsor during the four USG races.

If Nadeau is feeling optimistic about his luck changing, it's probably due to how the veteran driver feels about the massive facility that sits on the north end of Las Vegas Blvd.

"The good thing about Las Vegas is I really like that track," said Nadeau. "It's a great facility - I won a Winston West race out there a few years ago (1999). I've led laps at the Cup race and had a couple of decent 15th place finishes the last two years.

"The track has a lot of different grooves - you don't see that many altercations there - it's a place where you have to have a good handling car and play out your fuel pit strategy during the race. It's a fun place to race. It's a unique racetrack - there are not many tracks like Las Vegas."

At the first two races of the 2003 season, misfortunes struck Nadeau. During the Daytona 500 (Feb. 16), Nadeau was solidly running in the top five. But, a few laps before the race was called due to rain, a pit road incident cost him dearly. A week later at Rockingham, Nadeau got hit twice from behind, preventing him from having any chance of running with the lead group.

"That's over and done with," said Nadeau. "The focus right now is making sure we stay with the lead pack in Las Vegas."

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Series NASCAR Cup
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