BUSCH: Talladega Saturday wrapup

Martin Ties Record With Talladega Busch Series Win TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Mark Martin captured the Birmingham Auto Dealers 500k presented by EasyCare at Talladega Superspeedway by holding off rookie Steve Park in Saturday's NASCAR Busch...

Martin Ties Record With Talladega Busch Series Win TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Mark Martin captured the Birmingham Auto Dealers 500k presented by EasyCare at Talladega Superspeedway by holding off rookie Steve Park in Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race. Martin won his fifth NASCAR Busch Series race of the season and the 31st of his career. The win tied Martin with Jack Ingram as the all-time winningest NASCAR Busch Series driver. The race came down to a two-car duel after a late round of splash-and-go pit stops strung out the field. Park, who drives for seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, was vying for his second straight NASCAR Busch Series victory. Park made several late lap attempts at Martin but was unable to execute a pass. . "I didn't think we had the car to win here today," said the NASCAR Winston Cup regular Martin. "Steve Park was doing a great job back there. That wasn't Steve Park in there, I knew that was Dale Earnhardt driving that car." "We tied the record. Now we've got one more to get to break it. But there are no guarantees in this sport, you never know if you're going to win another one of these things again." The race's only caution took place on lap nine when defending NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie and Buckshot Jones got together in the Speedway's trioval triggering a 10-car incident. The incident eliminated pole sitter Joe Nemechek as well as the cars of Elton Sawyer, Dennis Setzer and Jimmy Foster . Martin led 62 laps of 177 laps including the final 16 en route to the historic victory. Martin averaged 168.937 mph, a Busch Series race record at Talladega. Racing action continues today (Sunday) when the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series take the green flag at 12 p.m. (CDT) for the Winston 500. Jeff Gordon will attempt to secure a $100,000 bonus for capturing the second leg of the Winston Million. The Winston Million is a million dollar payoff to any driver that can win three of NASCAR Winston Cup racing's big four, including the Daytona 500, the Winston 500, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Mountain Dew Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Steve Park , Joe Nemechek , Elton Sawyer , Buckshot Jones , Dennis Setzer , Mark Martin