Last year, Brad Keselowski looked to be a lock to win his first Nationwide Series event at Las Vegas. With five laps to go, however, Keselowski was caught up in a wreck when winner Mark Martin spun Carl Edwards.
Keselowski went on to win two Nationwide races last year, but he is looking forward to returning to the track he came so close to winning last year.
This weekend, however, Keselowski will not only compete in Saturday's event, but he will also attempt to qualify for the Sprint Cup race on Sunday.
Keselowski feels his Cup car is one that he can run well with on Sunday.
"It's the same car we had at Texas and Homestead last year with," he said. "I think this car is going to be really good. I'm excited."
Keselowski knows the feeling of not making a race, after failing to race his way into the season's opening Daytona 500.
He also knows that these critical Cup weekends could be a tryout for a future Cup ride.
"Every week is a try-out," he said. "Every week...I look at this situation when I wake up in the morning that this could be my last opportunity. I know I better make the most of it and remember that every week is a try-out."
On the Nationwide side of things, Keselowski said he is ready to move past the disappointing runs he's had so far.
At Daytona, he led laps and appeared to be strolling towards either a win or a top-10 finish before being caught up in a wreck and finishing 25th.
This past weekend, Keselowski again appeared to have a strong car, but finished 27th.
"The last two [weeks] have been frustrating," Keselowski said. "I think we could have won Daytona... California, it was just one of those deals. I think we could be sitting second, or even better in the points. But, we can't sit on last week, we need to come to Vegas and win."
The back-to-back poor finishes have mired Keselowski at 17th in the Nationwide Series point standings. He is currently 171 points behind leader Kyle Busch and knows that every weekend is equally important.
"Without a Chase in the Nationwide Series, every week is important," he said "You can't say any race weekend is more important than any other...they all pay out the same points."
Editor's note: Come join the newest NASCAR Community on Bleacher Report — The Nationwide Series Community, a place where we talk about everything Nationwide. The good, the bad and everything in between. Any comments or questions about the Series? Feel free to let me know.