Site -- Las Vegas
When -- Sunday, 4:35 p.m.
TV -- Ch. 45 (4 p.m.)
Track -- Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Distance -- 267 laps, 400.5 miles
2005 champion -- Jimmie Johnson
2005 pole-sitter -- Ryan Newman
Last year -- Johnson led a race-high 107 laps on the way to his 15th career victory. Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick. Johnson cut Kurt Busch's points lead to 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., a favorite entering the race, was involved in a four-car accident with Bobby Labonte, Brian Vickers and Ricky Rudd on Lap 12, taking out all four cars early in the race.
Drivers to watch -- Although Johnson won last year in a Chevrolet, drivers of Fords have won five of the eight Nextel Cup races at the speedway. ... Jeff Burton and Matt Kenseth are the only drivers with more than one Vegas victory; each has two. Burton won in 1999 and 2000. Kenseth won in 2003 and 2004. He drove Fords back then. ... Mark Martin has six top 10 finishes at Las Vegas, but he finished 30th last year. ... Dale Jarrett has two poles at the track, but they came in 1998 and 2001.
Quotable -- "We're 24 races away from the [Chase for the Nextel Cup] cutoff, but every team is feeling the pressure to get all of the points they can each and every week. When something happens to a driver that they don't like, or if they get caught up in somebody's mishap, there's a lot of frustration that's going to come out. I think you're going to see more and more of that as the year goes on. There's so much pressure on us, and the competition is so tight, that the frustration is riding high right now." - Elliott Sadler, on the mounting pressure drivers face after just two races
Bahrain Grand Prix
Site -- Manama, Bahrain
When -- Sunday, 6:30 a.m.
TV -- SPEED (6 a.m.)
Track -- Bahrain International Circuit (3.36-mile closed circuit)
Distance -- 57 laps, 191.5 miles
2005 champion -- Fernando Alonso
2005 pole-sitter -- Alonso
Last year -- Alonso beat Jarno Trulli by 13.4 seconds in what was the third race of the season. Kimi Raikkonen was third as only six cars finished on the lead lap. This race replaces the Australian Grand Prix as the first event of the season.