Las Vegan Kyle Busch drives the No. 5 Lowe's/Gladiator Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Busch Series.  Busch has been the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in each of the two Busch Series races in 2004.  He enjoys a six-point lead (26-20) over Paul Menard in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the March 6 Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Busch is the only first-year driver in the Busch Series to score a top-10 finish, a seventh place effort in the Goody's Headache Powders 200 at North Carolina Speedway. Busch is 12th in the series point standings, 98 behind leader Kevin Harvick. He plans to make his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut March 7 in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas.

"It would make it really great to go out there and be successful but we've got to play it as any other race as well," Kyle said.  "To be out there with the excitement of the hometown fans and of course your family and friends and stuff too definitely makes it a bigger deal."

ARE THERE MORE DISTRACTIONS AT THAT RACE VERSUS ANY OTHER RACE THAT YOU WIL GO TO THIS YEAR? 'Probably, because it's going to be the first trip for me out to Vegas in a Busch car and of course my first NASCAR Nextel Cup race. It's definitely going to be a lot of fun but it's also going to be a lot of heartache, too, going through a lot of the media stuff [smiles]. We're going to try to make it as easy as we can and concentrate on the racecars."

WHAT WOULD A SUCCESSFUL DAY AT LAS VEGAS MEAN TO KYLE BUSCH? "In the Busch Series, probably coming out there with a top-10 finish and then in the NEXTEL Cup side, maybe we can qualify in the top-20 and just race competitively throughout the whole day. That would be really good; try not to get caught up in anything or ruin anybody else's day and come out with a solid finish."

DO YOU THINK YOU CAN WIN? "Realistically, probably the Busch race.  The Cup race is going to be really tough but we can give it a darn good shot."

HAVE YOU HAD TO GO TO (BROTHER) KURT BUSCH FOR ANY ADVICE? "I went to him and asked him some questions on how he got around there while we were out there testing and he helped me out a little bit. I remember racing there in the Craftsman Trucks a couple of years ago so I have some kind of knowledge of that place but nowhere near as much as Brendan Gaughan has doing Petty cars out there all the time."

WHAT IS THE CRITICAL PART OF THAT TRACK? "Probably getting into [turn] three good enough where you have a good center of the corner because the corner is really soft and then it tightens up as you get more into the center of three and four. And then as you are coming up off there is a little bump that might upset you a little bit coming off of four. Three and four is kind of the tricky end.

AS A KID FROM PAHRUMP, NEV., HOW DID YOU GET TO THIS LEVEL? "I was just thinking about that yesterday. I think it was five-and-a-half, six years ago I started racing my legend car, Dwarf Cars and stuff like that in Vegas and Pahrump and Padsue. It's pretty amazing on how I'm already here this quickly but I had great help and a great teacher with Kurt and my Dad. He paved the way for me to get here but as I broke away from him I was still able to perform to the best of my ability and win some races. I definitely proved that I can be here."

DO YOU THINK THAT'S GOING TO OPEN UP SOME DOORS FOR OTHER DRIVERS IN THE VEGAS AREA? 'I think Kurt was the one that opened up all the doors, mainly because he got into Southwest Tour and was doing really well and that team was based out of Las Vegas, too. He opened up a lot of doors and opened up a lot of people's eyes about more of the west coast and Vegas guys as well too. Everybody asked if he had a younger brother [smiles]. Everybody wanted to know what my status was and what I was doing and how well I was doing so they would kind of be looking at me."

IT WOULD BE HARD TO MAKE IT IN RACING IF YOU WERE LIVING IN THE CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA AREA. IS IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT IN VEGAS? "It proved to be that way but Kurt, as good as he was, kind of made it a little bit easier for the rest of us. There's a ton of guys racing local short track ranks that are just as good as us, or maybe even the next superstar that you don't know about because you never hear his name. I've got a couple good guys in Vegas that are really good racers in the legend car ranks and I'm going to try help them as much as I can to see what I can do with those guys. Like I said, there's plenty around this county."