Mark Martin wins Sam¿s Town 300


Mark Martin made his final NASCAR Busch Series start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway a memorable one.  Martin took the lead on lap 192 and won the Sam's Town 300. The Sam¿s Town 300 trophy appeared to be headed to Carl Edwards¿ trophy case but the race leader suffered a flat left rear tire and spun with just 14 laps remaining.  The race went green on lap 190 and Martin took the lead on lap 192.  Martin shifted his Pennzoil Ford into high gear and began to pull away from a spirited battle for second place, hotly contested by David Stremme and 2004 race winner Kevin Harvick.

Harvick nipped Stremme at the finish line to claim second place.  The fact that Stremme finished third was fairly amazing in itself, since he was driving one-handed.  Stremme¿s transmission repeatedly jumped out of gear and he was forced to steer with one hand and hold the gearshift lever with the other.

¿It was pretty wild driving one handed,¿ Stremme said. ¿The tranny kept popping out of gear and my team couldn¿t get me a Bungee cord fast enough. I sensed about halfway through the race that Mark and Carl were the ones to beat.¿


Reed Sorenson earned the Raybestos Rookie of the Race Award for his sixth-place finish.

Today¿s victory was Martin¿s third win overall at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Martin also won the Sam¿s Town 300 in 1999, as well as the inaugural Las Vegas NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race in 1998.  The win was Roush Racing¿s 11th victory at LVMS since the track opened in 1996.