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Wednesday, February 26, 2003
A look at the weekend in racing

Associated Press

Here's a breakdown of this weekend's action in the world of motorsports. (All times ET)

Winston Cup
FAST FACTS
Event UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
Site Las Vegas.
Schedule Friday, qualifying (Fox Sports Net, 6 p.m.); Sunday, race (Fox, 2:30 p.m.).
Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway (tri-oval 1.5 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).
Distance 400 miles, 267 laps.

Last race: Dale Jarrett outlasted Kurt Busch in a thrilling back-and-forth battle for the lead and won the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway. Busch led 150 laps before Jarrett finally passed him with five laps to go for his 31st career victory.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a short list of drivers to keep an eye on this weekend at Las Vegas.

Last year: Sterling Marlin pulled away to victory in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 after NASCAR rescinded a 15-second penalty for speeding in the pits because officials did not notify the team in time.

Fast facts: Rusty Wallace led 182 of the first 219 laps in last week's race, but finished sixth. He has not won a race since taking the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at Fontana, Calif. on April 29, 2001. ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished outside the top-30 in each of the first two races this season. ... Jeff Burton outraced brother Ward to the finish line in 1999. It was the first 1-2 finish by brothers since Terry Labonte beat Bobby in 1997 in Talladega, Ala. ... Only the inaugural race in 1998 was won from a top-10 starting position. No pole-sitters have won the race.

Next race: Atlanta 500, March 9, Hampton, Ga.

IRL
FAST FACTS
Event Toyota Indy 300
Site Homestead, Fla.
Schedule Saturday, qualifying, 1:15 p.m.; Sunday, race (ABC, 1 p.m.).
Track Homestead-Miami Speedway (oval 1.5 miles, 6 degrees banking in turns).
Race distance 300 miles, 200 laps

Last year: Sam Hornish Jr. won the season-opening Grand Prix of Miami for the second straight year, leading 166 of the 200 laps. Hornish has won both races at Homestead since its inception in 2001.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a short list of drivers to keep an eye on this weekend at Homestead.

Fast facts: Sarah Fisher's second-place finish in the 2001 race was the highest of any female driver in a major racing series. She had a third-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in 2000. ... Michael Andretti won at Homestead while driving with CART in 1997 and 1998 and joins Hornish as the only drivers in the race to have a previous victory at the track. ... The average margin of victory for the 2002 season was .8045 seconds. That is not including the races in Miami and Indianapolis, which finished under caution. ... Hornish, the two-time defending IRL champion, is trying to become only the second driver in history to win three consecutive Indy-style championships. Ted Horn won three consecutive titles from 1946-48.

Next race: Copper World Indy 200, March 23, Avondale, Ariz.

Busch
FAST FACTS
Event Sam's Town 300
Site Las Vegas
Schedule Friday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 4:30 p.m.); Saturday, race (FX, 3:30 p.m.).
Track Las Vegas Motor Speedway (tri-oval 1.5 miles, 12 degrees banking in turns).
Distance 300 miles, 200 laps.

Last race: Jamie McMurray dominated the rain-delayed Rockingham 200 at North Carolina Speedway, leading all but five of the 197 laps and beating pole-sitter David Green to the checkered flag by almost 20 car lengths.

Drivers to Watch
Check out a short list of drivers to keep an eye on for this weekend race at Las Vegas.

Last year: Pole winner Jeff Burton came from behind following his final pit stop and pulled away to win at Las Vegas. Burton led 149 of the 200 laps en route to his 16th Busch victory.

Fast Facts: McMurray leads the points standings, but is only scheduled to enter 15 events this year before moving to the Winston Cup circuit. ... At last week's race, Mike Wallace and Shane Hmiel crashed into the wall in Turn 1 while passing a slower car. Hmiel ran at Wallace, and the two were nose-to-nose in the infield before being separated. ... Ron Hornaday has finished among the top-10 in each of his last six races at Las Vegas.

Next race: darlingtonraceway.com 200, March 15, Darlington, S.C.

CART
Last race: Paul Tracy moved into a tie for 16th place on the all-time wins list by recording his 20th victory at the inaugural Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Michel Jourdain Jr. finished second while Bruno Junqueira placed third.

Next race: Tecate Telmex Grand Prix, March 23, Monterrey, Mexico.

Craftsman Trucks
Last race: Rick Crawford won a three-car battle with Robert Pressley and Travis Kvapil as they approached the finish line to take the Florida Dodge Dealers 250 at Daytona. It was Crawford's first victory in 120 starts.

Next event: Craftsman 200, March 14, Darlington, S.C.

NHRA
Last event: Brandon Bernstein got an early jump on Larry Dixon and recorded his first career Top Fuel victory at the Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals in Phoenix. Ron Capps won the Funny Car final while Greg Anderson took the Pro Stock category.

Next event: Mac Tools Gatornationals, March 16, Gainesville, Fla.