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1) Jimmie Johnson | 2) Casey Mears | 3) Matt Kenseth | 4) Kasey Kahne
5) Dale Earnhardt Jr. | 6) Mark Martin | 7) Ryan Newman | 8) Clint Bowyer
9) Brian Vickers | 10) Elliott Sadler | 11) Dale Jarrett | 12) Kyle Busch
13) Martin Truex Jr. | 14) Jeff Burton | 15) Jeff Gordon | 16) Ken Schrader
17) Robby Gordon | 18) Jamie McMurray | 19) Kevin Harvick
20) Denny Hamlin | 21) Carl Edwards | 22) Tony Stewart | 23) J.J. Yeley
24) Reed Sorenson | 25) Kurt Busch
10) Elliott Sadler, No. 38 Ford, Robert Yates Racing
This week: Sadler, who ranked sixth in the point standings after two races one year ago, hopes to improve on a less than stellar record at Las Vegas (one top-10, a sixth, in seven races).
He has ranked 14th or better since the 2004 Daytona 500, 74 straight races. He finished 29th in this race one year ago. His other Las Vegas finishes have all been 20th or worse, giving him a 28.4 average finish.
Last race: Sadler was 23rd at California to drop from fourth to 10th in the points.
Etc.: While Sadler took last weekend off, Marc Goossens, driver of the No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford, turned in a strong performance for Robert Yates Racing, finishing ninth at Mexico City. The road-course regular started the event in the sixth position and did not waste any time working his way into the top-five, which is where he remained for the majority of the event. After leading two laps with about 30 laps remaining, Goossens brought the CitiFinancial Ford down pit road for four tires and fuel. A problem with the jack on the pit stop resulted in a lengthy stop, and the No. 90 team rejoined the race in 27th. Within the next 25 laps, Goossens would pass 18 cars en route to a ninth-place finish. He also ranked No. 1 among the field Saturday for drivers with the most consecutive laps with a pass, posting 46. "I think we had a chance to win this race for CitiFinancial, but something went wrong on that pit stop when I was leading and I came in," said Goossens. "There was a problem there and I don't know exactly what it was, but we lost quite some time there. I was able to work my way back through the field, so I'm pretty happy with a top 10. This team did an excellent job today and I am so happy that I had the chance to work with Robert Yates Racing. This was my first NASCAR race. I did a test in Sebring in January -- a one-day test and that's all I did. I'm very pleased with my finish." Go back to the top
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