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Casey Mears Turning 29, Hoping to Celebrate a Vegas Win

CONCORD, N.C. (March 5, 2007) – Casey Mears, driver of the No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet, will celebrate his 29th birthday on Monday, March 12, one day after the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

What tops his birthday wish list? A weekend win at the 1.5-mile oval, which is one of Mears’ best tracks on the NASCAR circuit.

In four career NEXTEL Cup starts at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Mears has never finished outside the top 15 and owns three consecutive top-10 results.

“I grew up out in Las Vegas, really,” Mears said. “My dad (Roger Mears) raced there probably three or four times a year, and I can remember going there ever since I was 5 years old.

“When you’re a kid, Vegas is a pretty colorful place—it definitely makes an impression, and I always enjoy going back. A win there would be awesome.”

Crew chief Darian Grubb has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 357 for this weekend’s NEXTEL Cup race at Las Vegas.

The car is a go-to chassis in the No. 25 National Guard/GMAC team stable, having logged 1,715 laps during the 2006 NEXTEL Cup season.

“This weekend, I think it’s going to be about finding comfort and surviving the race,” Grubb said.  “The new asphalt has a lot of grip, but the surface is also very rough, which can cause handling issues.

“The preseason testing there led Goodyear to change the tire compounds and NASCAR to shrink down the fuel cells, so most everyone will be starting from a clean sheet of paper.”

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