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LAS VEGAS -- The next stop for the closest points battle in all of motorsports is Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jack Sprague, Joe Ruttman and Scott Riggs are separated by a mere 57 points in the battle for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title and...

LAS VEGAS -- The next stop for the closest points battle in all of motorsports is Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Jack Sprague, Joe Ruttman and Scott Riggs are separated by a mere 57 points in the battle for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series title and are among the 39 teams who have filed entries for the Oct. 14 running of the Orleans 350. Las Vegans Kyle Busch and Brendan Gaughan also are entered.

Sprague, who leads Ruttman by 37 points and Riggs by 57, is the man to beat. He has two wins and two second-place finishes in four Truck races on LVMS' 1.5-mile superspeedway. Ruttman also has visited victory lane in Las Vegas by taking the 1997 event.

"I do love that race track," Sprague said. "We've had a lot of success there, and I';m looking forward to this race. Ever since the schedule came out, I have been looking forward to a return to Las Vegas."

While these three battle for the season title, Busch and Gaughan will be looking to put on a good show for the hometown fans.

"This will be the first time I've raced on the (superspeedway)," said Busch, who turned 16 in May."I have a lot of friends coming out, so I hope we have a good run."

Gaughan, who will be doing double duty by running the Winston West race the night before, has some Truck experience at LVMS. He has made three starts on the superspeedway in the Truck Series.

"I love the track, and I can't tell you how bad we want to win on our home track," Gaughan said."We had good runs at Texas and Kansas, and this track is very similar to those."

(Other notable entries include former NASCAR Winston Cup standout Ted Musgrave, rookie contenders Ricky Hendrick, Travis Kvapil and Jon Wood, veteran racer Willy T. Ribbs, Mexico's Carlos Contreras and Coy Gibbs, the son of former Washington Redskins' coach and NASCAR car owner Joe Gibbs.

The Orleans 350, which begins at 3 p.m. (Pacific Time), caps off a two-day tripleheader of racing. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the NASCAR Southwest Series kicks things off with the Nevada 100 at 6:30p.m. The NASCAR Winston West Series follows with the 24 Hour Fitness 150 at 8 p.m.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ricky Hendrick , Jack Sprague , Coy Gibbs , Carlos Contreras , Jon Wood , Scott Riggs , Joe Ruttman , Brendan Gaughan , Willy T. Ribbs , Kyle Busch , Travis Kvapil