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NASCAR NOTES: Looking for good fortune in Vegas

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The chances of winning a fortune in Vegas are very slim, but a few NASCAR Cup Series drivers are hoping their fortunes change as the teams roll in this weekend. Here are a few to keep an eye on.

There have been 15 races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with nine different drivers taking the checkered flag in its short history. Jimmie Johnson leads all drivers in wins on the 1 1/2-mile tri-oval with four.

With such good fortune in his past, you would think that the five-time champion would be looking forward to returning to Sin City. However, he can't seem to get over his defeat last week in Phoenix.

After Carl Edwards left him behind on the final restart, Johnson is still crying foul.

"I didn't think Carl followed restart protocol and slowed us down," said Johnson on the matter. If he wishes to continue his winning ways in Vegas this weekend, he'll need to put those thoughts to bed real soon.

Johnson's teammate, Jeff Gordon, had a good car last week in Phoenix but fell victim to some bad timing, which left him with a disappointing ninth place finish.

"Sometimes the cautions fall your way and sometimes they don't," said Gordon on his up and down Phoenix weekend. "Most of them didn't, but we had a couple there at the end that did."

Vegas has not been kind to Gordon over the years. He does one victory and will be looking for the cautions to fall his way at the end again this week, leading to a second jackpot.

To complete the Hendrick Motorsports onslaught on Vegas this weekend, you have to look to Dale Earnhardt Jr. His consistency from last season has carried over to 2013, and it seems time for him to return to victory lane.

Phoenix was a little disappointing to Jr. and his team. They felt that they let a win get away. That confidence will be a key to getting him to the payout window this week.

"We had a real good car," said Earnhardt. "We feel like we could have finished better than fifth, maybe won the race."

There will be others that could slip into the game this weekend, like Edwards and Vegas native Kyle Busch. However, it just seems that the Hendrick teams have stacked the deck with the new Gen6 car so early this season, and I look for them to be all in this weekend.

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