Defending champion Matt Kenseth rolled to his second straight NASCAR Nextel Cup win yesterday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, surpassing his victory total of 2003 in only the third race of the season.
Kenseth, criticized last season for winning the series title with boring consistency and only one race victory, was dominating for the second straight year in the UAW-
"It's been a fun two weeks, the most fun I've had in a race car in my life," Kenseth said. "We've just got an unbelievable team and unbelievable equipment. Man, this thing was fun to drive."
In his win two weeks earlier at Rockingham, Kenseth had to hold off a challenge from rookie Kasey Kahne, winning by only inches. This time, there was no one to challenge Kenseth after he moved past Kevin Harvick on Lap 230 to regain the lead for the fourth and final time in the 267-lap event.
The 23-year-old Kahne, in only his third Cup start, wound up second again, inheriting the runner-up spot five laps from the end when Harvick ran out of gas. Harvick wound up 21st.
Tony Stewart finished third, followed by Jamie McMurray, Mark Martin, Elliott Sadler, Casey Mears, Kurt Busch, and Rusty Wallace.
Formula One -- Michael Schumacher won his fourth Australian Grand Prix title, leading teammate Rubens Barrichello in a 1-2 finish for Ferraris in the season-opening race in Melbourne. Schumacher led from start to finish and completed 58 laps on the Albert Park circuit in 1 hour 24 minutes 15.757 seconds, 13.6 seconds clear of Barrichello.