Sweet Home Las Vegas

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Roush Racing driver Kurt Busch is on top of the world. With two runner-up finishes in the first two races of the 2003 season, he finds himself alone at the top of the Winston Cup point standings.

Busch now leads Dale Jarrett 345-314 for a 31-point difference. The NASCAR Winston Cup Series is also heading to Kurt's hometown this weekend---Las Vegas. How is this 24-year old racing prodigy handling his early success?

Modestly.

"It feels good to get off to a great start," said Busch. "We had a lot of things go our way at the end of last year to get into Victory Lane a few times. They were races that we were prepared for and that's what we kept working towards in the off season--to get ahead. I think we've got our car built for Texas right now and that puts us a good two months ahead of where we need to be. As long as we can understand that and keep all the crew guys motivated, we'll move forward. It takes a whole team package and we're fortunate enough to have a great group of guys led by [crew chief] Jimmy Fennig," he added.

As for returning home, Kurt Busch will get to spend some quality time in some familiar surroundings. But make no mistake about it; he wants to win this race almost as badly as the Daytona 500.

"For me, winning here probably would be the biggest thing for me in terms of winning a single race," said Busch. "The Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis are right up there, but I can't imagine anything being any bigger than winning in Vegas."

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