Gordon, Kenseth, Stewart, Johnson among NASCAR drivers testing at LVMS Jan. 26-29


            Some of the biggest names in NASCAR have signed up to test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Jan. 26-29 in preparation for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event and Sam¿s Town 300 NASCAR Busch Series race.

Seven of the eight active series champions are among the 26 drivers who are scheduled to participate in NASCAR Preseason Thunder-Las Vegas.

            Four-time champion Jeff Gordon, current champion Matt Kenseth as well as Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Dale Jarrett and Bill Elliott are among the drivers who will be preparing for the March 7 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400.

            Kenseth, who also is the defending champion of the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, will test his Busch car in preparation for the March 6 Sam¿s Town 300 as well.

            Other NASCAR drivers scheduled to test include Ward Burton, Ryan Newman, Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Jimmie Johnson, rookie Brian Vickers, Las Vegas Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Ricky Rudd, Ricky Craven and Jeremy Mayfield.

            NASCAR Busch Series drivers Jason Leffler, J.J. Yeley, Mike Bliss, David Reutimann and Ashton Lewis Jr. also are scheduled to participate. Teams will be allowed to test for two days.

            Tickets for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 and Sam¿s Town 300 are on sale by calling 1-800-644-4444 or online at www.lvms.com.