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Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards gave the Ford Mustang its first victory in Nationwide Series competition by taking Friday night's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Edwards started on the pole and led 169 of 200 laps, but had to hold off a hard-charging Brad Keselowski in the closing laps for his first Nationwide win of the season and the 30th of his career.
Ford began using its Mustang model when the series debuted its new car last July at Daytona. The car ran in four races during the 2010 season before NASCAR put it into full use this year.
"This is unreal with the first win for the Mustang," Edwards said. "It was just an unreal race, and the car was so fast."
He also won the Nationwide race at Texas last November.
Edwards became the fifth driver in series history to win 30 or more races. He joined Mark Martin (49), Kyle Busch (46), Kevin Harvick (37) and Jack Ingram (31).
Keselowski, the 2010 Nationwide champion, finished just under a half-second behind Edwards.
Paul Menard, who made his first start in the series this season, finished third, while Joey Logano and Elliott Sadler rounded out the top-five.
Menard drove the No.33 car for Kevin Harvick Inc.
Just before the halfway point in the 300-mile race, Kyle Busch was caught up in an accident with Tim Schendel. Busch had been challenging Edwards for the lead when Schendel blew his right-front tire and shot up the track. Busch then plowed into the back of him.
"We crashed, and that's what it will go down as in the notebook," said Busch, who ended up finishing 34th.
Busch had won five of the last six Nationwide races at Texas.
Edwards narrowly avoided the incident.
"As fast as Kyle was, it was frustrating to see him get knocked out," he said. "I drove into the [turn], and in the corner of my eye, I thought I saw [Schendel's] car turn, but I thought, 'Maybe I should just give him a little bit of room.' Then I thought, 'I don't want to look like a moron if I hit the wall here.' I didn't need to turn. I looked back, and I'm glad that I caught it. Another split second later and it would have been over."
Justin Allgaier finished sixth, followed by Reed Sorenson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Reutimann and Brian Scott.
Stenhouse increased his points lead to 14 over Jason Leffler, who finished 15th.
04/09 00:06:20 ET
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