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NASCAR WEEK 3: Las Vegas Motor Speedway February 28

The 2010 Nascar season moves into week three this Sunday at 3 p.m. for the Sprint Cup Shelby American on Fox-TV.

This is one of the circuits biggest tracks with a seating capacity of 142,000. The race will go 267 laps (400.5 miles). Mark Martin won the first race at Las Vegas on March 1, 1998. His average speed of 146.554 mph remains the race record.

Last season, in the Shelby 427, Kyle Busch and Clint Boyer duked it out for the final 58 laps, with Busch holding on in the final two restarts to claim the win.

The speedway’s recent $35 million upgrade increased the banking and moved pit road closer to the grandstands. The wide racing surface is fast and driver-friendly.

No driver has won the Las Vegas Cup from the pole. Jeff  Burton is the only driver with multiple wins at the track in a Cup and a Nationwide Series car. As far as owners go, Jack Rousch (6) and Rick Hendrick (4) have accounted for 10 wins in the 12 Cup races held at Las Vegas.

This year’s Co-Grand Marshall’s will be Carroll Shelby and Kim Kardashian will give the command, “Drivers, start your engines.”!

Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)

Luck puts Jimmie Johnson back in winners’ circle

The race fans at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., saw Nascar’s  Jimmie Johnson turn a possible loss into a win but he did have some luck along the way.

His break came because he was already in the pits when a late caution flag came out. His pit crew finished their work and Johnson passed the scoring line at the end of pit road before Jeff Burton and Kevin Harvick were able to cross the start line.

That split second kept Johnson on the lead lap and allowed him to regain the lead when everybody else pitted under yellow when Brad Keselowski spun in turn 4. Johnson maintained his lead the final 20 laps after the restart.

After winning his unprecedented fourth consecutive Sprint Cup championship in 2009,   the Loews #48 Chevrolet team finished 35th in the Daytona 500.

Johnson rebounded to lead for 101 laps and won with an average of 141.911 mph.

Jimmie Johnson (AP)

Next Sunday, Nascar moves into it’s 3rd race of the young season, The Sprint Cup Shelby American at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Race time is at 3 p.m. on Fox.

John Force sets NHRA record with 127th win

John Force NHRA

From Staff and wire reports

Funny car driver John Force ended a 20-month victory drought by winning the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. The 60-year-old’s win, 4.124 seconds at 298.67 mph-was the 127th of his career.

Larry Dixon (Top Fuel) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) also won their divisions in the first event of the NHRA season.

McMurray Wins Daytona 500

Jamie McMurray (Nascar)

By Nancy Mason

MSN Staff Writer

Jamie McMurray, who had a very trying off season, held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to win the 2010 Daytona 500 in a thrilling finish. The Super Bowl of Nascar races, needed two stoppages that totaled more than two hours to patch a nagging pothole between turns 1 and 2 of Daytona International Speedway.

Nascar officials had hoped that the season-opening race would help re-energize the industry. But those delays sent NASCAR chairman Brian France into the broadcast booth to calm angry fans and to prevent a total fallout.

It was McMurray’s first race back with Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, who game him his Sprint Cup Series shot in 2002. Jamie left and spent four frustrating and miserable seasons with Roush Fenway Racing, then lost his ride at the end of 2009 when NASCAR forced Roush to drop a team to meet its four-car limit.

McMurray had to work hard to rejoin Ganassi, and the effort included persuading sponsor Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris to move with him.

Finishing third was Greg Biffle driving a Ford. The top 2, Jamie McMurray and second place finisher Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drove Chevrolets.

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