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Each Tuesday, Mark Garrow sets the stage for the upcoming Sprint Cup Series race. This week, it's the UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
• This is the third race of 36 for the Sprint Cup Series in 2008.
• This is the first of 17 intermediate track races this season.
• This will be the 11th Cup series race in Las Vegas. The first was in 1998.
• There are 48 drivers on the pre-entry list competing for 43 starting slots in Sunday's 267-lap, 400-mile race. Of those 48, 13 must get into the field based on qualifying times: David Reutimann, Ken Schrader, Burney Lamar, Kurt Busch, Patrick Carpentier, John Andretti, Bill Elliott, Mike Skinner, Dale Jarrett, Michael Waltrip, Joe Nemechek, Brian Vickers and A.J. Allmendinger.
• Of those 13, Busch, Jarrett and Elliott are eligible for past champion provisionals. Busch is not guaranteed a starting spot in the field for the first five races of the season after team owner Roger Penske transferred the 2007 points from Busch's car to rookie teammate Sam Hornish Jr.
• If qualifying were to be canceled, the drivers making the show would be: Busch, Jarrett, Elliott, Vickers, Reutimann, Waltrip, Nemechek and Andretti.
• Three drivers have won consecutive races here: Jeff Burton (1999-2000), Matt Kenseth (2003-04) and Jimmie Johnson (2005-07).
• Of the 10 previous Cup races here, Roush Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have won nine of them. Sterling Marlin won in 2002 for Chip Ganassi Racing.
• Johnson is the only driver to have won a Cup race in both the current and the former track configurations.
• Burton is the only driver to sweep the Nationwide and Cup series events at LVMS, doing so in 2000. He has three Nationwide Series wins here.
• Travis Kvapil has never won a Cup race, but he did win last year's Truck series race at Las Vegas.
• Of the 45 drivers entered in Saturday's Nationwide Series race at LVMS, 14 are Sprint Cup Series regulars: Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, David Reutimann, David Ragan, Clint Bowyer, Brian Vickers, Bobby Labonte, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish Jr. and Greg Biffle.
|Previous winners at Las Vegas|
|Driver||Las Vegas wins|
|Jimmie Johnson||3 (2005, 2006, 2007)|
|Jeff Burton||2 (1999, 2000)|
|Matt Kenseth||2 (2003, 2004)|
|Sterling Marlin||1 (2002)|
|Jeff Gordon||1 (2001)|
|Mark Martin||1 (1998)|
|Last four races at Las Vegas|
|1||Jimmie Johnson||Jimmie Johnson||Jimmie Johnson||Matt Kenseth|
|2||Jeff Gordon||Matt Kenseth||Kyle Busch||Kasey Kahne|
|3||Denny Hamlin||Kyle Busch||Kurt Busch||Tony Stewart|
|4||Matt Kenseth||Kasey Kahne||Jeff Gordon||Jamie McMurray|
|5||Mark Martin||Jeff Gordon||Kevin Harvick||Mark Martin|
|6||Carl Edwards||Mark Martin||Greg Biffle||Elliott Sadler|
|7||Tony Stewart||Jeff Burton||Casey Mears||Casey Mears|
|8||Ryan Newman||Greg Biffle||Matt Kenseth||Bobby Labonte|
|9||Kyle Busch||Casey Mears||Ryan Newman||Kurt Busch|
|10||Jamie McMurray||Denny Hamlin||Tony Stewart||Rusty Wallace|
|11||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Kevin Harvick||Bobby Hamilton Jr.||Dale Jarrett|
|12||Martin Truex Jr.||Robby Gordon||Rusty Wallace||Kyle Petty|
|13||Bobby Labonte||Joe Nemechek||Dave Blaney||Jeff Burton|
|14||Elliott Sadler||Elliott Sadler||Carl Edwards||Jeremy Mayfield|
|15||Jeff Burton||Clint Bowyer||Jamie McMurray||Jeff Gordon|
|16||Greg Biffle||Kurt Busch||Mike Bliss||Jimmie Johnson|
|17||Robby Gordon||J.J. Yeley||Jeff Burton||Terry Labonte|
|18||J.J. Yeley||Jeff Green||Dale Jarrett||Sterling Marlin|
|19||Tony Raines||Dale Jarrett||Joe Nemechek||Joe Nemechek|
|20||David Stremme||Martin Truex Jr.||Jeremy Mayfield||Bill Elliott|
|21||David Gilliland||Tony Stewart||Michael Waltrip||Kevin Harvick|
|22||Juan Pablo Montoya||Brian Vickers||Jason Leffler||Brendan Gaughan|
|23||Scott Riggs||Jamie McMurray||Jeff Green||Brian Vickers|
|24||Kenny Wallace||Terry Labonte||Mike Wallace||Johnny Sauter|
|25||Jeff Green||Jeremy Mayfield||Kyle Petty||Ricky Craven|
Mark Garrow covers fantasy racing for ESPN.com.