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Edwards hangs on to win crash-filled Nationwide race



Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Neither rain delays nor a rash of accidents, including a horrifying one on the final lap, could stop Carl Edwards from winning Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Edwards, the pole sitter, led the way for the second and final green-white- checkered attempt. While Edwards and Joey Logano were battling for the lead on the second-to-last lap, both drivers got loose, with Logano banging into the outside wall along the frontstretch.

Logano then bumped into third-place runner Clint Bowyer, who flipped on his side before landing right side up near the inside retaining wall along pit road. Brad Keselowski, Steve Wallace and Mike Bliss were also caught up in the melee.

"That was pretty wild," Bowyer said. "I thought I was going over the wall, which would have been really scary. I'm just glad the wall kept me on the racetrack."

No drivers were injured. However, one of the crew members on Bowyer's team was slightly injured when a piece of the debris from the crash struck him in the leg.

NASCAR ended the race under caution, with Edwards claiming his third Nationwide victory of the season and the 32nd of his career. His first Nationwide win at Dover came in June 2007.

"I saw [Logano] wiggle, and I wasn't sure if I touched him or not," Edwards said. "I was trying really hard to race as clean as I could...He hung on for that last restart, but it was not the way we wanted to finish that race."

Edwards and Logano swapped the lead during the final 60 laps of the 209-lap race. Logano held the top position before he got loose and allowed Edwards to pull in front again on lap 187.

Michael Annett spun around in the closing laps to set up the first two-lap overtime finish attempt. During the restart, Jason Leffler lost power and slowed on the track to force another green-white-checkered attempt.

Logano ended up finishing 13th, while Bowyer finished one spot behind in 14th.

"It just seemed like I either got tagged or Carl came up and took the air out of me enough to make me loose," Logano said. "It's unfortunate. I felt like we had the win."

Kyle Busch, who was attempting to tie Mark Martin for most all-time wins in the series with 49, finished second. Busch won Friday's Camping World Truck Series race at Dover. He did not lead a lap in the Nationwide event here.

"It was a long day for us," Busch said. "We didn't quite have the car that we needed."

Reed Sorenson took the third spot, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and David Reutimann.

Elliott Sadler, Kenny Wallace, James Buescher, Aric Almirola and Mike Wallace completed the top-10.

Sadler took over the points lead for the first time in his Nationwide career. He holds a 10-point advantage over Sorenson. Justin Allgaier dropped from first to fifth in the standings (-18) after he crashed late in the race and wound up finishing 29th.

After wrecking on the backstretch on lap 87, Alex Kennedy attempted to move away from his accident site, but as he came up the track, the on-coming car of Kevin Swindell slammed into the front of Kennedy's machine.

NASCAR officials met with Kennedy and his team's spotter after the race to discuss the incident.

"I feel horrible for Kevin; I ruined his day," Kennedy said.

Swindell was substituting for Trevor Bayne in Roush Fenway Racing's No.16 car.

"I'm as frustrated as you could possibly be," Swindell said.

The start of the race was delayed for a little more than one hour due to rain. A brief, light shower also halted the event for 28 minutes on lap 145.

05/14 20:06:02 ET


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