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Edwards bumps Stenhouse Jr. to Iowa win



Newton, IA (Sports Network) - Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won his second Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway this season on Saturday night, thanks to a shove from his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Carl Edwards at the finish.

In one of the most bizarre endings to a NASCAR race, Stenhouse blew his engine coming out of the final turn of the last lap and then got rammed from behind by second-place runner Edwards, whose view was blocked by the plume of smoke that came from his teammate's car. The impact helped Stenhouse cross the finish line 0.066 seconds ahead of Edwards. Their heavily damaged race cars had to be towed back to the garage area.

"I don't think anyone has ever finished 1-2 with two torn up race cars like that," Edwards jokingly said after his second-place finish.

Stenhouse and Edwards bumped into each other several times while fiercely battling during the final 75 laps. Their first encounter began when Edwards prevented Stenhouse from taking the lead by shoving him up the track and nearly taking him out.

Edwards led the most laps with 109 but a pit-road blunder late in the race cost him valuable track position. He had to roll back into his pit stall after a lug nut was missing from his left-rear tire. He fell back into the 16th position.

Just after the final restart with 24 laps to go, Stenhouse and Edwards touched again while running among the top-five. Stenhouse then took the lead from pole sitter Elliott Sadler three laps later. Edwards moved into second.

Stenhouse appeared to be on his way to an easy win before his motor expired on the final lap.

"I was aggressive there at the end, and you got to do whatever you have to do to win," Stenhouse said. "I wasn't going to let [Edwards] slip by me. He kind of ran me up the racetrack there in turn four, and I wasn't going to back down."

There was no altercation between Stenhouse and Edwards after the race had concluded.

"We'll take care of it at the shop, and we'll work on it," Edwards said. "I've got a fast teammate, and we really get along. He's got a lot of enthusiasm, and it's paying off. He's doing a great job."

Stenhouse earned his first win in NASCAR's second-tier series in May at Iowa. Edwards also finished second in that race.

Sadler, who dealt with an ill-handling car early in the race, wound up finishing third. JR Motorsports teammates Josh Wise and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five.

With his sixth-place run, Reed Sorenson collected a $100,000 bonus for being the highest-finishing eligible driver in the second Nationwide "Dash 4 Cash" race this season. Sorenson also claimed the cash award last month at Daytona.

"We didn't have a very good car all night, so we had to race pretty hard there," he said.

Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier and Iowa-native Michael Annett were also eligible for the bonus, but all three drivers finished outside the top-10.

Kenny Wallace took the seventh spot, followed by Steve Wallace, Michael McDowell and David Mayhew.

With the win, Stenhouse padded his points lead to 12 over Sorenson and 29 ahead of Sadler.

08/06 23:59:31 ET


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