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Looking Ahead To Racing At Vegas This Weekend

Carl Edwards celebrates last year's victory at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (Getty Images)

Trips to Las Vegas Motor Speedway each year are a homecoming for Kurt and Kyle Busch.  But it keeps them pretty busy with sponsor appearances, team appearances and a sponsor golf tournament, plus personal time with family and friends all before they even get to the track.

Kurt Busch arrives in Vegas with a new team following his exit from Penske Racing after last season.  Busch is now driving for Phoenix Racing in the Number 51 Chevrolet.  His best finish at Las Vegas was third back in 2005.  He currently stands 26th in the point standings.

Kyle Busch meanwhile has one victory at Vegas.  It came back in 2009 when he won the pole, was forced to start in the rear because of an engine change, but worked his way to the front and held off teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton in a three-lap shootout for his first victory at his hometrack.  Kyle stands ninth in the standings. 

Kyle Busch’s teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing, Denny Hamlin enters the weekend with the points lead after winning last week at Phoenix.

Carl Edwards is the defending race winner at Vegas.  He finished second in the point standings last season, but only won one race last season and that was at Vegas.  So he’s gone a year since winning his last race. 

Edwards and Tony Stewart finished last season in a points tie, but Stewart won the championship because he had five wins.

Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers with four victories at Las Vegas including three consecutive races from 2005-07.  His most recent win there came two years ago.

Johnson is currently 37th in the point standings mostly because of a 25-point penalty for rules violations at Daytona.

The Nationwide Series is also running this weekend at Vegas.  Danica Patrick is running a full Nationwide schedule this year and last year she became the highest finishing female ever in a NASCAR national touring series race when she came in fourth at Vegas.

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