Stenhouse wins the Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

[media-credit name=”David Yeazell” align=”alignright” width=”276″][/media-credit]Ricky Stenhouse Jr. held off veteran driver Mark Martin by 4.785 seconds to win Saturday’s Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps in route to his first victory of the season.

“It was really cool. Looking at all the fans in the stands that came out was pretty cool before the race and to win here was fun. I got here Sunday, so I’ve been here a while and it paid off.” Stenhouse Jr. said.


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Martin, making his first Nationwide Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 18 Toyota led 44 laps and finished second.

“That was one serious beatdown he put on me that last run. I mean just a beatdown. I kept up with for a while and about wrecked five times, and that’s it. I’m not ashamed to say, it wasn’t even close.” Martin said.  “Thanks to Joe Gibbs and everybody at JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) and Interstate Batteries. This Toyota was awesome and they were awesome. I needed to run a race to see if I could find a few things that maybe we could work on to improve.”

Polesitter and series points leader Elliott Sadler finished third after pitting for a vibration problem.

“We showed a lot of guts and effort today. We had a good race car and anytime you can go through what we did today and get a third-place finish, we’ve very happy with that.” Sadler said.

Sadler has a 15 point lead in the series standings over Austin Dillon.

Trevor Bayne finished fourth and Brendan Gaughan finished fifth.

“It’s good when you can say a top five is disappointing. We want to be in Victory Lane every week and there for a while I thought we had a shot at it. We just got too tight at the end when the sun went down, so it’s a decent run.” Bayne said.

Unofficial Race Results
Sam’s Town 300, Las Vegas Motor Speedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/Cup/race.php?race=3
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Pos. St. No. Driver Make Points
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1 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 48
2 18 Mark Martin Toyota 0
3 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 42
4 60 Trevor Bayne Ford 40
5 33 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 0
6 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet 38
7 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet 37
8 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 36
9 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 35
10 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 0
11 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 33
12 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 32
13 43 Michael Annett Ford 31
14 30 James Buescher Chevrolet 0
15 44 Mike Bliss Toyota 29
16 19 Tayler Malsam Toyota 28
17 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 28
18 41 Blake Koch Ford 26
19 70 Johanna Long * Chevrolet 25
20 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 24
21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 23
22 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 22
23 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 0
24 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 20
25 14 Eric McClure Toyota 19
26 4 Daryl Harr Chevrolet 18
27 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota 17
28 108 Kyle Fowler Ford 16
29 52 Tim Schendel Chevrolet 15
30 124 Benny Gordon Chevrolet 14
31 50 T.J. Bell Ford 13
32 28 Derrike Cope Dodge 12
33 54 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
34 11 Brian Scott Toyota 11
35 40 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 9
36 113 Jennifer Jo Cobb Dodge 0
37 39 Joey Gase * Ford 7
38 27 J.J. Yeley Ford 0
39 46 Chase Miller Chevrolet 5
40 10 Jeff Green Toyota 4
41 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet 0
42 47 Scott Speed Chevrolet 0
43 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 1

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