Martin, Edwards Have the Winning Hand in Las Vegas

Mark Martin made a return to the NASCAR Nationwide Series on Saturday and Carl Edwards had the winning hand getting his first victory in 2011 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Sunday.

Martin’s last two Nationwide Series wins came in 2005 and 2008; ironically both were at Las Vegas. His win was the 49th Nationwide Series win of his career and he now leads Kyle Busch by five wins in the Nationwide Series. Martin is scheduled to compete in three more Nationwide Series races this year.

Lucky be a Lady? For Danica Patrick, that was definitely the case as she came home fourth, her best career finish and the best finish for a woman in one of NASCAR’s national series races. Patrick will compete in nine more races the remainder of the season, including the October 8 Kansas Lottery 300.

As the attention shifted from the Nationwide Series to the Sprint Cup Series on Sunday all eyes were focused on whether Jeff Gordon would be able to cash in from Phoenix; however, he would have a rough day like Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne did in Phoenix. For Gordon, luck wouldn’t be in his corner as he finished 36th.  Edwards, who lead the last 23 laps, was able to cruise to a win over Stewart, who led for 169 of 267 laps.

The victory gave Edwards his 19th career victory and his third in the last five races after having disappointing finishes at both Daytona and Phoenix. Edwards heads into the off weekend for the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series seven points behind leaders Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch.

Both Martin and Edwards will return to Kansas Speedway in June with the hopes of returning to Victory Lane again. Martin won at Kansas Speedway in 2005 in the Sprint Cup Series and Edwards won at the facility in 2004 in the truck series. Tickets for all Kansas Speedway events are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting www.kansasspeedway.com.

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