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CONCORD, N.C. -- Only once before in NASCAR Cup Series history has a race been held on March 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

It was March 4, 2001 and Jeff Gordon went on to win.

He took the green flag in 24th but drove the No. 24 Chevrolet through the field and to the front on two separate occasions.

Gordon led 33 laps in total, including the final 20 before taking the checkered flag for his first and only victory at the Nevada track.

However, the win didn't just mark a first for Gordon, but also for the organization as a whole.

The 2001 Las Vegas victory was Hendrick Motorsports' first of five wins at the track, as Jimmie Johnson would follow Gordon's up with four more (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010).

The trip to Victory Lane was the organization's 98th Cup Series win, and now, 17 years later, Hendrick Motorsports is baring down on 250 wins, currently sitting at 249.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing stats to come out of that 2001 race at Las Vegas was that it was the first of four times that a Hendrick Motorsports driver won at Las Vegas and then went on to win the Cup Series championship in the same season.

Make sure to tune into this week's Cup Series race at Las Vegas on Sunday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, PRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.