A potential championship and a chance to impress his family have Mike Bliss looking forward to Sunday¿s Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Bliss leads Rick Crawford by 55 points coming into Sunday¿s 167-lap event on LVMS¿s 1.5-mile superspeedway.

"I'd like to think Las Vegas will suit this IWX Motor Freight team," said Bliss. "We're
looking at it a lot like the tracks at Kansas and Kentucky, places where we won earlier this year. We're not looking at the point's race at all. We're trying to win races. If we win at Vegas and the rest of the way out, the points will take care of themselves."
In addition to trying to hold on to the NCTS point lead, Bliss will attempt to add another win to his five-victory season. As if this is not enough, to add to the excitement the Las Vegas 350 will be a family affair for Bliss.

"I'm always excited about racing at Las Vegas," said Bliss. " The track is big, wide and fast. There are plenty of grooves so you can pass almost anywhere on the track. It's easily one of the best facilities we race at all year. Also, my parents moved to Las Vegas about three years ago, so I'll have an opportunity to spend some time with them. It should be a great weekend."

Bliss has not had the past success at LVMS that he would like. His highest finish in a race at LVMS has been fifth at the Carquest 420 in 1997. Bliss has not run in Las Vegas for a NCTS race since 1999 when he finished 30 after an accident in the No. 99 Exide Ford.

"I've always qualified and run pretty well at Las Vegas but haven't always had the finishes to go with it," stated Bliss. "In 1998, we had a shot at winning, dropped a cylinder in the motor, and somehow still managed to finish sixth. In 1999, we led the race early and then cut down a tire on a restart and wrecked in Turn 1. We're obviously looking to do better this time around."

Bliss will have a chance to change his luck at LVMS when the Las Vegas 350 takes the green flag on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. (Pacific Time). In addition to the NCTS race, the NASCAR Winston West series will make a stop at LVMS to add to the weekend racing events on Saturday, Oct.12 with the Orleans 150 at 7:30 p.m.