Stenhouse Jr. wins Nationwide race in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP/WVLT) -- Defending Nationwide champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. led the final 54 laps at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday for his first victory of the season.

Stenhouse had a strong car all day and dominated the end of the 200-mile race, pulling away from Mark Martin on a pair restarts on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the desert.

Martin, who had won four of his previous six Nationwide starts at Las Vegas, finished second in his first Nationwide race for Joe Gibbs Racing. Polesitter Elliott Sadler rallied to finish third after a lengthy mid-race pit stop to fix a vibration.

Trevor Bayne finished fourth Saturday. Unless a sponsor comes on board with the No. 60 Roush Fenway Ford, the race was Bayne's last scheduled Nationwide race of the year.

Bayne is currently fourth in the series points standings, only 19 back of leader Elliott Sadler. In three Nationwide races this year, Bayne has finished eleventh, seventh, and fourth.

Danica Patrick was 12th in the first race at LVMS since IndyCar star Dan Wheldon was killed in a fiery crash last fall.


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