By admin | February 26, 2010
By Richard Allen
Some may refer to the high rolling city of Las Vegas as ‘Sin City’ but for Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports the more appropriate term has been ‘Win City’. Las Vegas Motor Speedway has hosted twelve NASCAR Sprint Cup races and RFR has won half of those events while HMS has taken another four.
It should hardly come as any surprise that two of NASCAR’s most heavily funded organizations have controlled this or any other track. However, to have won ten of twelve races is a dominance that is impressive even for these two powerhouses.
Kyle Busch’s win for Joe Gibbs Racing at LVMS last year ended a streak of six wins in a row for RFR and HMS.
Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards have each won here driving Roush Fords.
Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon have won in Hendrick Chevrolets on the 1.5 mile D-shaped track. Johnson won three times in a row from 2005 to 2007. Those three victories rank as the most of any driver at the facility.
A trip to the Nevada desert may be a gamble for many but for Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, Las Vegas has been a bet that has more than paid off.
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Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.
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