Kenseth outruns Edwards for Charlotte Nationwide win|
Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Matt Kenseth passed Carl Edwards with three
laps remaining and then held off his Roush Fenway Racing teammate to win
Saturday's Top Gear 300 Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Kenseth made his first start in the series this season, substituting for
Trevor Bayne in Roush Fenway's No.16 Ford. Bayne is expected to return to
NASCAR competition next weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
During a late-race caution, Kenseth pitted from the lead for four new tires,
while Edwards remained on the track and took over the top position. Edwards
last pitted during a round of green-flag pit stops with less than 70 laps to
go in the 200-lap race.
"We had new tires, and I could see [Edwards] fade a little bit at the end of
the run," Kenseth said. "Carl is one of the best out there every Sunday and
Saturday, so when you can beat him at the game, you know you've had a good
Kenseth claimed his 26th career Nationwide win and third at Charlotte.
Edwards conserved enough fuel to cross the finish line 0.8 seconds behind
Kenseth. It was a 1-2 finish for Roush Fenway. Last Saturday, Edwards won the
NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race here.
"I got a little bit tight, but Matt raced me really clean," said Edwards, who
led the most laps with 63. "He was kind of messing with me there a little bit.
I could tell when he needed to go he took off."
Kyle Busch, who was attempting to tie Mark Martin's series record of 49 wins,
"We had a really good car there at the beginning and through the middle stages
of the race, but unfortunately, we just weren't fast enough there at the end,"
Busch said. "We just didn't have the speed to stay with those Roush cars
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the pole sitter, and Reed Sorenson rounded out the top-
five. Stenhouse claimed his first career Nationwide win last Sunday at Iowa
Speedway. He will also make his Sprint Cup Series debut in Sunday's 600-mile
race at Charlotte, driving the No.21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford in place of
Brad Keselowski, Steve Wallace, Brian Scott, Aric Almirola and Elliott Sadler
finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Sadler holds only a one-point lead over Stenhouse. Sorenson is just two points
behind the leader.
Kimi Raikkonen struggled in his Nationwide debut at Charlotte. Raikkonen was
caught speeding off of pit road and had to serve a pass-through penalty on lap
141. The 2007 Formula One champion had to pit one lap after his penalty when
he ran over a piece of debris on the track, and finished four laps behind in
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