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Pos/Driver/Points

 

Driver

Pts

1

Sterling Marlin

327

2

Ward Burton

309

3

Kurt Busch

292

4

Jeff Gordon

289

5

Jeff Burton

282

6

Ricky Craven

272

7

Ryan Newman*

267

8

Bill Elliott

260

9

Matt Kenseth

254

10

Rusty Wallace

251

11

Mark Martin

250

12

Elliott Sadler

240

13

Bobby Labonte

231

14

Johnny Benson

228

15

Jeff Green

220

16

Terry Labonte

218

17

Robby Gordon

215

18

Kenny Wallace

207

19

Bobby Hamilton

205

20

Michael Waltrip

203

21

Jimmie Johnson*

197

22

Tony Stewart

194

23

Brett Bodine

188

24

Dave Blaney

185

25

John Andretti

175

26

Jerry Nadeau

172

27

Ricky Rudd

166

28

Kevin Harvick

166

29

Geoffrey Bodine

165

30

Dale Jarrett

163

31

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

161

32

Mike Wallace

149

33

Mike Skinner

149

34

Ken Schrader

148

35

Todd Bodine

137

36

Jeremy Mayfield

122

37

Stacy Compton

116

38

Joe Nemechek

107

39

Casey Atwood

104

40

Jimmy Spencer

103

41

Robert Pressley

97

42

Kyle Petty

92

43

S. Robinson*

91

44

Hut Stricklin

82

45

Rick Mast

61

46

Buckshot Jones

40

47

Dave Marcis

37

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Mark Martin a Favorite in Las Vegas
by Frank Ryan
February 28, 2002

With the Winston Cup tour heading into Las Vegas this weekend for the UAW-Daimler Chrysler 400, it seems to be a sure bet that Mark Martin just may end his desert like drought and wind up in Victory Lane early in this 2002 racing season. Martin has literally owned this one and a half mile racing facility, winning in both the Winston Cup and Busch series, he has never finished a race out of the top 10 in either series at Las Vegas Speedway.


Martin races Newman and Jarrett at Daytona International Speedway.
Photo Ford/Autostock

Martin won the inaugural Las Vegas 400 in 1998, and since then he has consistently outperformed all other drivers on the Speedway. He is the only driver to have completed every lap of all four Vegas races. Twenty-two drivers have started the race all four times, but Martin is the only one to have completed all 949 laps of the race. In addition to being the only driver to lead all four Cup races at the track, he is also the only driver to finish in the top 10 at all four races.

If consistency on the track pays off, then Martin might be the safest bet you can place in Vegas all weekend.

"It's been a race track where we have run well," said Martin. "I had one of my best runs there a year ago. I like racing at Las Vegas. I like the track and we have a good record there. It suits my driving style. It's a race that is orientated towards handling and in the past we have excelled in that area."

With 32 career Winston Cup wins, Martin stands fourth among all active drivers. Of all the victories, it may be win number 22 that stands out the most, a victory in the Las Vegas 400, the inaugural Winston Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 1998. 

"The win there in '98 is probably the most memorable win I have," said Martin. "We went there, it was a brand new track and we had a brand new team looking to see what we could do."

"Once the race was all over with and we took care of all the Victory Lane stuff and all the media, we were leaving in the helicopter and I looked down at the track and it dawned on me what we had accomplished." 

Martin admits that despite years of success on the track, it was in the moments after that race that he first realized just what he had accomplished. 

"It was pretty overwhelming. I've had a lot of success in racing, but I never really paid much attention," said Martin. "I was always so busy looking ahead to the next one, but when I flew out of there and saw that track, it dawned on me that it wasn't just some quarter-mile dirt track in Arkansas and it dawned on me just what we had done." 

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