BUSCH: Martin moves into the win in Vegas

BUSCH: Martin moves into the win in Vegas

Mark Martin inherited the NASCAR Busch Series victory when race leader Carl Edwards brought out the final caution in Saturday's race. Mark Martin. Photo by Michael C. Johnson. "We got a little lucky today," expressed Martin who...

Mark Martin inherited the NASCAR Busch Series victory when race leader Carl Edwards brought out the final caution in Saturday's race.

Mark Martin.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
"We got a little lucky today," expressed Martin who keeps increasing his 'most wins' record. "Carl Edwards and his bunch did a great job today, they had it in the bag -- no way could we have caught them."

Martin motored past David Stremme with less then ten laps to go to garner his 47th career Busch series victory. He is the all-time top winner in the Busch series.

"I am so proud of this team," Martin continued. "They gave me a great race car. I am so happy to be back in victory lane at Las Vegas."

Edwards was the man who lead the most laps, the rookie, along with his teammate and eventual race winner Martin, showed how strong the Fords are at the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway before the Ford's right-rear tire went away sending him spinning him out of his first Busch series victory with only 14 laps of 200 remaining in the Sam's Town 300.

Carl Edwards on pit road.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
"A set of new Goodyears would have helped us there," said Edwards in reference to the new tire rule for 2005. "I am just lucky to be driving for this team. We are going to lose races like that but I am happy for Martin. I can not say enough about him and what he means to this team and the drivers. I am proud of Roush Racing and the guys."

NBS points leader Kevin Harvick scored his fourth second place finish in as many races in the new season. Stremme placed his Dodge in third after running side-by-side with Martin and Harvick. After Martin pulled away, neither Harvick nor Stremme gave an inch.

"This Chevy's been great, we just have not gotten the win yet," commented Harvick. "My hat's off to Stremme and his team, it was a lot of fun at the end."

Joe Nemecheck and Greg Biffle rounded out the top five.

Edwards started 14th at the back of the longest line when the field returned to green, he moved into seventh at the checker flag and retained second in the points behind Harvick.

Pole sitter Edwards took a commanding lead in the first stages of the Sam's Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Edwards led when the first yellow flag flew at lap five as Michael Jordain spun and wrecked his race car.

Edwards led through the next caution but gave up the lead to Harvick just prior to the day's third caution caused by Steve Grissom.

Kevin Harvick leads the field.
Photo by Michael C. Johnson.
Harvick was in control of the event at lap 86 after a round of pit stops after caution four was caused by debris on the racetrack. He continued to lead through several more cautions and another round of pit stops; one of those cautions included a multi-car wreck just past the halfway mark.

Involved in the wreck were Sterling Marlin, Paul Menard, Stacy Compton, Tony Raines and Kasey Kahne. The wreck occurred after Kahne got into the back end of Menard. Only Kahne suffered no damage in the melee.

Harvick slid back to fourth after a round of green flag pit stops late in the race giving the lead back to Edwards. The tire failure on Edwards' car took him out of contention with 14 laps to go.

That gave the lead of the race to Stremme, but he was being hotly pursued by Martin. With nine to go, Stremme and Martin battled for the lead. In the end, the Roush dynasty at LVMS paid off as Martin passed Stremme for the victory.

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