Kurt and Kyle Busch have won races all over the United States, but the Las Vegas natives have one major void in their trophy case ¿ a trophy from Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

            While the two have won many times at the speedway¿s Bullring, the big prize would be a win in the March 13 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

            ¿We raced here last year together in our first Cup start ever for Kyle in Vegas,¿ said Kurt Busch, the reigning Nextel Cup Series champion. ¿It was reminiscent of what we used to do at the Bullring for so many years. It¿s a good time. I know that this time around we can be more competitive. I know that Kyle is going to have more experience under his belt and there is a chance for us to run side by side for position. That¿s something that we¿re always looking forward to and we know that there are 41 other competitors out there so we can¿t get too wrapped up in it but yet it is fun because it¿s Vegas.¿

            Kurt and Kyle were among 43 NASCAR Nextel Cup teams and eight NASCAR Busch Series teams who participated in Tuesday¿s Preseason Thunder Las Vegas.

            ¿Yeah it¿s definitely going to be great,¿ said Kyle, who will compete for rookie of the year honors in the Kellogg¿s Chevrolet. ¿I mean obviously coming out here to race in Las Vegas again; I mean we¿ve grown up here.  Just over there at the Bullring but now to race on the big speedway.  It¿s only my fourth start on a big track so it¿s going to be a lot of fun.  Just trying to basically get the feel for the cars for myself and gain the experience that I need to in order to get the comfort level up to run up front. If there is just a slight chance that I can keep up with the 97 car, then that would be great.¿

            Kurt has had moderate success at LVMS recording just one top-10 finish in four Nextel Cup starts. Kyle completed only 11 laps in last year¿s UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, but had strong runs in the Sam¿s Town 300 Busch race as well as a Craftsman Truck Series event in 2001.

            Despite the comforts of home that Las Vegas brings, there is pressure to perform for the hometown fans as well.

            ¿I have noticed we¿ve been out here every year testing,¿ Kurt said. ¿Every year we come out to Vegas to kick off right after Daytona. It¿s a great place to come and test, to get things back into motion and that always gets me pumped up for Vegas. It is a race that I put a bit more emphasis on. This is an equivalent race to me such as the Daytona 500 or the Brickyard 400. I rank it in my top five races that I want to win throughout my career.

            ¿But this is large. What our dad helped us do in our early stages of our careers, to understand race cars from the ground up whether it was setting them up or knowing how to buy specific parts.  It¿s just the management that our dad taught us about race cars and the fun that we¿re going to be able to have.¿

            The Nextel Cup teams completed their two-day test Tuesday, while 20 Busch Series teams are expected to arrive for Wednesday and Thursday. The only incidents in Tuesday¿s test was a spin late in the session by Matt Kenseth, a blown engine in the morning session by Dave Blaney and slight contact with the wall by Busch Series driver Tyler Walker.