Edwards outruns Busch for Nashville Nationwide win
Lebanon, TN (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards put on a dominating performance,
but had to hold off Kyle Busch in the closing laps to win Saturday's Nashville
300 Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.
Edwards led 148 of 225 laps en route to his fourth Nationwide win at
Nashville. He won three in a row at this 1.333-mile, concrete-surface track
Busch led a total of 39 laps, but after a late-race restart, Edwards chased
Busch down and ran side-by-side with him for several laps before making the
winning pass with 35 to go.
"What a race," Edwards said. "That was just really good racing, and that was
as clean as we could race. It was really hard racing among Kyle, Brad
[Keselowski] and me. I didn't know how that was going to end up."
Edwards crossed the finish line a half-second ahead of Busch for his second
Nationwide victory of the season and the 31st of his career. He moved into a
tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jack Ingram for fourth on the series'
all-time race winners list.
"I actually hit Kyle trying to side draft him one time, and I didn't mean to
do that," Edwards noted. "Other than that, we didn't touch."
Busch was trying for a weekend sweep at Nashville. He won the Camping World
Truck Series race here on Friday night.
"We just didn't have quite enough today," Busch said. "We saw that all through
Keselowski finished third, followed by Joey Logano, the pole sitter, and
series regular Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Trevor Bayne, Austin Dillon, who made his first Nationwide start of the
season, Reed Sorenson, Josh Wise and Aric Almirola completed the top-10.
Stenhouse and Justin Allgaier now share the points lead. Allgaier finished
11th. Jason Leffler fell two points behind the lead after his 15th-place run.
Just seven points separate the top-seven drivers after the eighth race of the
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