Roush Racing has been dominant at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the inaugural race in 1998. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2003) -- Roush Racing provided a dramatic forecast of its intentions of dominating Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the ...
Roush Racing has been dominant at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since the inaugural race in 1998.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2003) -- Roush Racing provided a dramatic forecast of its intentions of dominating Las Vegas Motor Speedway when the 1.5-mile oval played host to the inaugural NASCAR Winston Cup Series race in 1998.
Roush Racing, paced by Mark Martin, won the 400-mile event and placed all five of its entries among the top 10 to signal to its fellow competitors what would be in store for them in the future. Roush Racing went on to win the first three races -- making Jack Roush the only multiple winner among owners at this venue -- and possess two of the series most consistent drivers at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Martin (No. 6 Pfizer/Viagra Ford) and Jeff Burton (No. 99 CITGO Ford).
Martin is easily the series' most consistent performer at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of Sunday's UAW Daimler Chrysler 400. He is the only driver to post a top-10 finish in all five races as well as the only one who has completed every lap of the 1,216 run. His average finish of 4.6 easily outdistances the second-best mark of 10.4 by Burton and he also is the leader with a 9.2 average starting position among drivers with five starts at Las Vegas. Martin followed up his win in 1998 with a 10th-place effort in '99, third in 2000, sixth in 2001 and third last season. He also owns the race record, established en route to his win in 1998.
Burton has enjoyed immense success as well, becoming the only multiple winner at Las Vegas with back-to-back victories in 1999 and 2000. He also is the leader in laps led with 204, edging Martin who has led 186. They are the only drivers who have led more than 100 laps at Las Vegas. He also has recorded four top-10 finishes in five starts -- finishing runner-up in 1998 and ninth last season in addition to his wins -- and his only slip came in 2001 when he finished 39th.
While Roush Racing has enjoyed dominant race performances, another NASCAR Winston Cup team has been equally impressive on the qualifying side. Robert Yates Racing has won three of the five Bud Poles, with Dale Jarrett (No. 88 UPS Ford) sandwiching poles in 1998 and 2001 around one by former teammate Ricky Rudd (No. 21 Motorcraft Ford) in 2000. RYR drivers have started among the top 10 six times in those five races. Jarrett, however, was forced to take a surprising provisional last season after averaging a 4.25 starting position in his previous four starts, which was tops among drivers with more than one start.