Monstrous win for Edwards in Dover Nationwide race|
Dover, DE (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards put on a dominating performance to
win Saturday's One Main Financial 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover
Edwards led 179 of 200 laps and held off his fellow Sprint Cup Series
competitor, Brad Keselowski, at the finish by 0.8 seconds for his seventh win
of the season and the 36th of his Nationwide career. Nine of those victories
have come on concrete-surfaced tracks (Bristol, Dover and Nashville).
"This track is so much fun, and everything went great other than my backflip,
which was terrible," Edwards said. "I was nervous about doing it on the
[frontstretch] banking. It was just an awesome day."
Earlier in the day, Edwards qualified fourth for Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup
Series race at Dover. The Roush Fenway Racing driver is currently fourth in
the championship Chase standings, 14 points behind leader Tony Stewart.
"Our Cup car is very good, and hopefully we'll get a win," he added.
Edwards made his last pit stop just before the fourth and final caution flag
waved on lap 159 for an incident involving Brian Scott. He reclaimed the lead
during the caution, and then held off Keselowski and Clint Bowyer on the last
"I almost felt like we were first in class, but the Roush cars are so much
faster than everybody right now," Keselowski said. "I thought it was all
handling until the restarts. Carl just motored it."
Bowyer ran less than one second behind Edwards for a majority of the race, but
Bowyer ended up finishing third.
"We just got beat up all day by Carl," Bowyer said.
Kasey Kahne finished fourth, while Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the current points
leader, completed the top-five.
Stenhouse holds a 22-point advantage over Elliott Sadler with five races
remaining. Sadler started on the pole and led the first 10 laps but faded from
there to finish 14th.
Trevor Bayne, Reed Sorenson, Ryan Truex, Mike Bliss and Justin Allgaier
finished sixth through 10th, respectively.
Sorenson is now 49 points behind Stenhouse.
10/01 18:49:31 ET