Vegas Deals Nationwide Victory to Mark Martin
Before Mark Martin allowed himself to celebrate his victory in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he felt compelled to offer his condolences to a former teammate and a current one. Martin pulled away from Greg Biffle in a green-white-checkered-flag restart that took the race two laps beyond its posted distance of 200 laps and extended his series record to 48 career victories, but the driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet was subdued after triggering a wreck on Lap 195 that eliminated Carl Edwards, his former Roush Fenway Racing teammate, and Brad Keselowski, his teammate-for-a-day at JR Motorsports.
Vickers Takes Vegas Nationwide Pole
Brian Vickers won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Sam’s Town 300, lapping the Las Vegas Motor
Speedway in 29.718 seconds at 181.708 mph. He broke Kevin Harvick’s track qualifying record of 29.816
seconds, 181.111 mph – set in March 2007.
This is Vickers’ second pole in 82 career NASCAR Nationwide Series races and his first top-10 start in two Nationwide races in 2008.
Jeff Burton (second) posted his sixth top-10 start in eight Las Vegas NASCAR Nationwide Series races. It is
his second top-10 start in as many NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season – both on the front row. He
started first at Fontana when qualifying was canceled.
Kyle Busch (third) posted his second top-10 start in three NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season and
his third top-10 start in five races at Las Vegas. Busch was the fastest of the drivers that were required to
make the field on time.
Dario Franchitti (sixth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.