Martin Nips Busch In IROC
September 8, 2005 | 8:17 P.M. EST
Matt Kenseth finished third, with Buddy Rice fourth and Martin Truex Jr. fifth.
After two caution periods in the final ten laps, Martin finally used his outside lane to work around Busch on the event's final lap to pick up his 13th career IROC race victory.
The final margin of victory was .021-seconds and gave Martin the lead over Busch and Kenseth by 27 points going into this season's final IROC event at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Oct. 29.
Martin is shooting for his fifth career IROC title and the $1 million prize.
"I knew on the last restart I had to get going," Martin said. "I got a great jump. I knew I was ahead a little bit coming off four, then he got to rubbing me a little bit and I could feel the wind got him and he started to get the momentum. The finish line got there just in time."
"It was like the ghost of racing past," Busch said, referring to a similar NEXTEL Cup race finish at Darlington two years ago when he lost to Ricky Craven. "I knew it was going to come down to that. I can't believe I lost, but Mark is the guy to beat when you're racing IROC."