1999 Las Vegas 400: Jackpot for Burton

J.Burton

After starting 19th in the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford, Burton began a steady run toward the front – taking his first lead on Lap 92 of the 267-lap race. He would lead a race-high 111 circuits, with a winning margin of 1.074 seconds over Ward Burton, Jeff’s older brother. (Photo: ISC Archives)

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From the drop of the green flag on Sprint Cup racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, teams owned by Jack Roush have cashed in with a series-best seven wins … including the first three stops on the desert oval from 1998-2000.

On March 7, 1999, Jeff Burton followed Mark Martin’s inaugural win with a victory in the Las Vegas 400 - his sixth of 21 career Cup wins.

After starting 19th in the No. 99 Exide Batteries Ford, Burton began a steady run toward the front – taking his first lead on Lap 92 of the 267-lap race. He would lead a race-high 111 circuits, with a winning margin of 1.074 seconds over Ward Burton, Jeff’s older brother.

In fact, the Burtons swapped the lead three times between them over the final 14 laps before Jeff prevailed. Jeff Gordon, Mike Skinner and pole sitter Bobby Labonte completed the top five.

Buckshot Jones was the highest-finishing rookie, 29th in the 43-car field. The race featured 25 lead changes among 10 drivers. There were five cautions for 22 laps.

Jeff Burton went on to finish fifth in the final Cup Series standings in 1999 … behind Labonte, Tony Stewart, Mark Martin and champion Dale Jarrett.

The Roush team's last win at Las Vegas came in 2011 with Carl Edwards.

Log onto MRN.com on Thursday at 1 p.m. (ET) to hear the complete broadcast of the 1999 Las Vegas 400, anchored by Barney Hall and Allen Bestwick.

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