Joe Nemechek won today's Sam's Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, outdistancing a determined Kevin Harvick by 0.6 sec. at the finish line.

            The 200-lap Sam's Town 300 was halted for nearly an hour by rain, but the weather cleared, the track dried and racing resumed.  Nemechek kept the field at bay in the closing laps while a spirited battle for top-five positions was waged behind him.

            "Kevin Harvick was definitely strong at the beginning of the race, but so was my Cellular One Chevy," said Nemechek.  "We started 29th and got through the field.  Our guys had awesome pit stops.  Probably the biggest gamble was after it rained -- we had to make a decision on what we wanted it to do, and so did everybody else.  We took gas-only and we reset our (tire) air pressures -- NASCAR let everybody do that -- and they reset 'em perfect, 'cause the car was really balanced.  We've been in contention to win this race so many times, but something always happens.  This is a great race track to race at.  I love coming here." 

            "We had a great day," said Kevin Harvick, who finished second.  "The car started off great.  We made a decision as a group to take four tires and I really didn't expect to get that far buried in the field.  I don't know if I used too much of the race car trying to get back up there, but you gotta get back up there.  For the most part, it was a good day for the PayDay car.

            "When it started raining, I know we were racing like it was the end of the race.  I thought for sure that the 92 (Todd Bodine) and 99 (Michael Waltrip) were gonna wreck.  It was a pretty cool race to watch.  We wound up third before the rain.  After the rain, the track seemed to tighten up a little bit."

            Mike Bliss ran in the top 10 most of the race and came on strong near the end, passing Steve Park and Michael Waltrip to claim third place.

            "We were pretty free at the start of the race and we just had to tighten it up a bit.  I was just kind of running along there and I didn't want to do anything dumb.  We got it tightened up to where we raced pretty good at the end."

            A determined Steve Park fought his way back to fourth place after contact with Michael Waltrip on lap 7 sent him spinning down the front straightaway.

            Coy Gibbs (No. 18 MBNA Chevrolet) was the highest-finishing Raybestos Rookie candidate, in 16th place.

            "It was a learning experience," Gibbs admitted.  "We started in the back, changed about everything we could change for the race and it seemed to work out halfway decent.  I think we've got a long way to go, but we're not stuffin' 'em in the fence or running a lap down.  I thought we were a little better here than we were at Rockingham.  We're good on long runs.  But we could not get going on the restarts and it cost us a bunch of spots.  The weather didn't affect us that much.  I thought they did a great job drying the track off." 

SAM'S TOWN 300 FINISH: 1. Joe Nemechek, 2. Kevin Harvick, 3. Mike Bliss, 4. Steve Park, 5. Jason Keller, 6. David Green, 7. Michael Waltrip, 8. Stanton Barrett, 9. Ron Hornaday Jr., 10. Scott Wimmer, 11. Kasey Kahne, 12. Shane Hmiel, 13. Brian Vickers, 14. Kerry Earnhardt, 15. Stacy Compton, 16. Coy Gibbs, 17. Kevin Grubb, 18. Mike Wallace, 19. Todd Bodine, 20. Scott Riggs, 21. Hermie Sadler, 22. Damon Lusk, 23. Joe Aramendia, 24. Bruce Bechtel, 25. Jason Schuler, 26. Robby Benton, 27. Ashton Lewis Jr., 28. Larry Gunselman, 29. Chad Blount, 30. Ron Young, 31. Johnny Sauter, 32. Randy LaJoie, 33. Jamie McMurray, 34. Bobby Hamilton Jr., 35. Jeff Burton, 36. Chase Montgomery, 37. Chris Bingham, 38. Tony Raines, 39. Eddy McKean, 40. Clint Vahsholtz, 41. Regan Smith, 42. Matt Kenseth, 43. Mike Harmon.