Edwards rallies for Nationwide win at Charlotte
Concord, NC (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards bounced back from an early-race
encounter with the wall and then passed Kyle Busch for the lead after a
restart with five laps remaining to win Friday night's Dollar General 300
Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Edwards hit the wall in turn four on lap 32, sustaining slight damage to the
ride side of his car. After pitting for repairs during a caution several laps
later, he fell to 27th in the field. Edwards patiently worked his way to the
front before his winning pass on Busch. He led just the final five laps.
"Way to fight back, guys, that's awesome," Edwards said over his team radio
after taking the checkered flag.
It was Edwards' eighth win of the season, which placed him in a tie with Busch
for most Nationwide wins this year. Edwards also claimed his 37th career
victory, moving him into a tie with Kevin Harvick for third most wins all-time
in the series.
Brad Keselowski dominated most of the race, leading 119 of 200 laps, but late
in the event, Keselowski had a tire go down and slowed on the track, nearly
taking out Busch, who was running second at the time.
Busch challenged Edwards for the lead during the last five laps but came up
0.2 seconds short at the end
"Just unbelievable," Edwards said. "I thought Brad had it, and then I thought
at the end that Kyle was going to get me. He has the ability to turn it on at
the end. He raced me really clean, and I appreciated that."
Busch was attempting to win his seventh Nationwide race at Charlotte.
"I was really good on long runs and slow on short runs," Busch said. "I just
didn't have enough under the hood to keep up. I got out-motored on that last
restart and finished second."
Trevor Bayne tied his career-best Nationwide finish with a third-place run.
Elliott Sadler's fourth-place finish allowed him to collect the $100,000 "Dash
4 Cash" bonus award. He also shaved five points off of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s
lead. Stenhouse finished ninth.
"It was a great night for us," Sadler said. "We gained some points, and
winning the $100,000 was cool."
With three races remaining, Stenhouse holds a 15-point advantage over Sadler.
The series will take the next two weeks off before resuming its schedule on
November 5 at Texas.
Keselowski wound up finishing sixth. Last week at Kansas, Keselowski led 173
of 200 laps for the win.
"We had an amazing Dodge Challenger again, but the racing gods just didn't
smile on us, that's for sure," he said. "It was one of those deals that I ran
over something and cut down the right-rear tire."
Justin Allgaier finished seventh, while Paul Menard, the pole sitter, took the
eighth spot. Brian Vickers completed the top-10.
Kenny Wallace finished 16th in his record-tying 519th career Nationwide start.
Wallace is now tied with Jason Keller for most all-time starts in NASCAR's
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