Las Vegas Motor Speedway's most successful NASCAR Weekend received even more high marks this week with higher TV ratings and statistical analysis that shines light on the improved level of competition.

FOX's overnight ratings for Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 were up slightly from last year. This year's race drew a 5.5 rating compared to last year's 5.4. Locally, the event drew a staggering 12.0 rating up from a 10.4 last year. The 2005 event drew a 9.3 rating in Las Vegas.

NASCAR Loop Data statistics also back up the speedway's decision to increase the track's banking and narrow its racing surface. In addition to a record number of lead changes and leaders, there were 1,123 passes for position in the race compared to 898 a year ago. And in an amazing statistic, no driver who started in the top 10 finished in the top 10. This is the first race since July 4, 1965 -- a span of 1,421 races -- that no top-10 qualifier has finished in the top 10.

"This was like an inaugural event for the speedway," said LVMS general manager Chris Powell. "The Neon Garage opened to rave reviews, and the feedback we've received from race fans about the quality of the racing has been very positive. The Sam's Town 300 had one of the most exciting finishes in NASCAR Busch Series history, and Sunday's race set records for leaders (16) and lead changes (28). We're already excited for next year."

Ticket renewals for the 2008 NASCAR Weekend will go out later this spring.