BUSCH: Las Vegas Preseason Thunder preview

Early-Season Westward Migration Begins For NASCAR Busch Series Teams Series Teams Prepare For Intermediate Tracks At Las Vegas Motor Speedway Test DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2007) -- The first of five cross-country adventures over the next...

Early-Season Westward Migration Begins For NASCAR Busch Series Teams

Series Teams Prepare For Intermediate Tracks At Las Vegas Motor Speedway Test

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2007) -- The first of five cross-country adventures over the next five weeks takes place for the NASCAR Busch Series starts with the series' latest test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 5-6. Wednesday, Feb. 7 is a rain date, if necessary.

Upon completion of the Las Vegas test, teams head back to Daytona International Speedway, site of the first test sessions of 2007 two weeks ago, for the season-opener on Feb. 17.

Then it's back out West once again for the Feb. 24 event at California Speedway followed by the road-course race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on March 4.

Quite a bit of travel to be sure, but the miles add up to valuable information for the teams as they prepare for the new season.

"Las Vegas gives teams a perfect opportunity to start the year by focusing on their 1.5-mile track programs," said NASCAR Busch Series Director Joe Balash. "It also gives them a chance to get a feel for the new configuration at the track."

The infield and racing surface have been rebuilt since the series last appeared there one year ago, producing a narrower track with increased banking. There will be one new addition to the nearly 50 drivers scheduled to participate during the two days of testing. Reigning series champion Kevin Harvick -- who did not test at Daytona -- is slated to test along with Timothy Peters, the rookie driver who will split the season with the Bakersfield, Calif., native in the No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet.

Other drivers with West Coast ties are scheduled to test close to home -- or for two in particular, specifically at home -- including Las Vegas' own Kurt (No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Dodge) and Kyle Busch (No. 5 Sta-Green/Spectracide/Delphi Chevrolet); 2003 series champion Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford -- Vancouver, Wash.); Casey Mears (No. 24 National Guard Chevrolet -- Bakersfield, Calif.); David Gilliland (No. 25 Freecreditreport.com Ford -- Riverside, Calif.); Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Ultimate Chargers Dodge -- Enumclaw, Wash.); Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota -- Long Beach, Calif.) and J.J. Yeley (No. 1 Miccosukee Resorts Chevrolet -- Phoenix, Ariz.)

Daily Test Schedule ... All sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Each includes a lunch break from noon until 1 p.m.

Fast Facts

What: NASCAR Preseason Thunder At Las Vegas

Where: Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Track Layout: 1.5-mile tri-oval.

When: Monday, Feb. 5 through Tuesday, Feb. 6.

Times: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Who: 28 NASCAR Busch Series teams

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Greg Biffle , Casey Mears , Kasey Kahne , J.J. Yeley , David Gilliland , Timothy Peters , Kyle Busch