Martin and Busch go head-to-head in Vegas

Martin and Busch go head-to-head in Vegas

By Amanda Vincent, NASCAR reporter

Kyle Busch and Mark Martin take on the most wins contest in Nationwide series

With Kyle Busch hot on his heels when it comes to the all-time win record in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular Mark Martin will suit up for Saturday's Sam's Town 300 Nationwide Series event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in an attempt to add to his 48-win tally in the series.

Mark Martin
Mark Martin

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"I've got to get my wins total up before Kyle gets up there and takes it away from me," Martin said. "That's a record that I'm really proud of and would love to keep it for as long as I can."

Busch posted his 44th win in Nationwide Series competition last weekend with his victory at Phoenix International Raceway. He's a Las Vegas native and, like Martin, will be in Saturday's race, attempting to add yet another Nationwide win to his racing resume.

"I've been looking forward to this weekend since I signed up for these races with Turner Motorsports and Dollar General," Martin said. "Running this race at Las Vegas was a given, really, when we were making the schedule."

Busch has never won a Nationwide Series race at his home track, but in seven Nationwide starts at LVMS, he has one top-five finish to his credit.

Kyle Busch
Kyle Busch

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Martin, on the other hand, is very familiar with Las Vegas' victory lane with it comes to the Nationwide Series. His two most recent wins in the series came at LVMS in 2005 and 2008, his last two Nationwide starts at the track. In all, he has three Nationwide wins at Las Vegas, tying with former teammate Jeff Burton. Martin has never finished outside the top-10 and only has one finish outside the top-five in five series starts at Las Vegas.

"My last Nationwide win was at Las Vegas with Lance (McGrew, Martin's former Sprint Cup Series crew chief), and the last one before that was at Vegas too, so I'm really, really hoping for everyone involved that we get three-in-a-row this weekend."

Aside from battling a hometown favorite attempting to get one win closer to breaking his win record, Martin may also face some stiff competition from at least a couple of his Turner Motorsports teammates and Nationwide Series regulars, Reed Sorenson and Jason Leffler. Granted, neither Sorenson nor Leffler, have found themselves in victory lane in awhile, but with NASCAR's new "declare one series" rule, the two find themselves at and near the top of the championship points standings and want to stay there. Sorenson heads into Las Vegas with the points lead, and Leffler is just seven points behind in third spot.

Victory lane: race winner Mark Martin celebrates
Victory lane: race winner Mark Martin celebrates

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It is very important to me to bringing home another solid finish and extend my points lead," Sorenson said.

Neither driver has won at LVMS, but Sorenson finished in the top-10 in two of his previous three Nationwide starts at the track. Leffler has one top- five finish at Las Vegas, a fourth-place showing in 2009 after running out of fuel on the last lap while contending for the win.

The Sam's Town 300 is slated for a 3 p.m. ET start on Saturday. The race has a scheduled distance of 300 miles or 200 laps. It can be seen live on ABC.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jason Leffler , Reed Sorenson , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Turner Motorsport
Tags kyle busch, las vegas, lvms, mark martin, nascar, nationwide, sam's town