Las Vegas: Andy Houston preview

LAS, VEGAS NV- (September 23, 2003) -Andy Houston hopes his luck is about to change in Las Vegas. He isn't hoping for good luck at the roulette tables, although that wouldn't hurt, he is hoping for better fortune on the racetrack. Houston has had...

LAS, VEGAS NV- (September 23, 2003) -Andy Houston hopes his luck is about to change in Las Vegas. He isn't hoping for good luck at the roulette tables, although that wouldn't hurt, he is hoping for better fortune on the racetrack. Houston has had some good luck in Las Vegas it just hasn't been in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

"It seems like every time we run a truck race at Las Vegas we are snake bit," Houston said. "I do know my way to Victory Lane there, I won a Winston West race in 1998. The thing I remember most about that race is that I had a great battle with Kevin Harvick. I was able to pull out the win and he wrapped up the NASCAR Winston West championship that day so it was a pretty neat deal."

Houston made his first start in the Team ASE/CARQUEST Dodge last week at California Speedway. It appeared that he might have the truck to beat after he charged from the 27th position into the lead midway through the race. Damage from an early race incident however derailed his chances for victory, leaving him with a respectable sixth-place finish. He is confident that he and his Ultra Motorsports team can be in the mix at Las Vegas.

"We had a good run at California but I know we will have a great truck for Las Vegas," Houston said. "Las Vegas is a fun place to race. It is a lot like California but on a smaller scale. It is real wide and smooth and you can race side by side there with no trouble. I am really looking forward to running the race at night at Las Vegas. It will be exciting under the lights and the fans should see a great show."

While Houston has not won at Las Vegas in a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race he has had some really competitive trucks. Luck has just refused to bounce his way. Having a truck that is up to the task of getting off the corners is crucial to success.

"Las Vegas is all about getting off of turn four," Houston said. "Sometimes during a race you will find that is where a lot of trucks will struggle. They just get tight coming off of turn four. Las Vegas is all about keeping the truck really free. You have to get the truck to turn in the middle of the corner and be able to turn coming off the corner. You can't have it get tight off the corner, if you do it will kill your speed down the straight away. If that happens you won't have a very good day."

The Las Vegas 350K NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday September 27th. The event will be broadcast live by the Speed Channel and MRN Radio at 10:00pm ET.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Andy Houston