The storyline out of Las Vegas will be watching Matt Kenseth try to become the first NASCAR driver to win the first three races of the season. This is of course at the Cup level, be it Winston Cup, Nextel Cup or Sprint Cup. The last driver to win the first two races of the Cup season was Jeff Gordon who did it in 1997. It's been a while.
Kenseth won the season-opening Daytona 500 and followed that with a win at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. He will have a chance to win his third straight race as Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday. This coming after a 2008 season in which he did not win one race.
“I haven’t really thought a whole bunch about it, to be honest with you," Kenseth said from Las Vegas. "I didn’t think we would have won the first two races, so I haven’t really thought about the third. We’re just gonna take it one race at a time like we always do and just be business as usual. Hopefully we can get our car to handle good this weekend and have a shot."
One of the reasons Kenseth won the Fontana race was because of great pit stops. His crew won the race off pit road on the last set of stops and gave Kenseth the lead late in the race.
"The pit crew has been operating at an extremely high level, and so have all the guys getting the cars to handle and run – the engine guys and everything – so I feel like we have the tools to be competitive and we’ll just try to be as competitive as we can and hopefully be somewhere in position at the end,” Kenseth said.