NASCAR Nationwide Series

Edwards outruns Stenhouse Jr. for Michigan Nationwide win



Brooklyn, MI (Sports Network) - Carl Edwards' hot streak in the Nationwide Series continued on Saturday with an impressive win in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., swapped the lead several times during the second half of the 250-mile race before Edwards passed Stenhouse and ran in front for good with nine laps remaining. He beat Stenhouse to the finish line by 1.7 seconds for his second Nationwide win at Michigan.

"I thought Ricky was setting sail, and I didn't think I would catch him," said Edwards, who led the most laps with 62. "He was doing such a great job. He is an unreal driver. I don't think his car was balanced as well as mine, and somehow he was able to make it go that fast. He's someone I'm a little nervous about in the future."

Edwards claimed his fourth Nationwide win of the season and the 33rd of his career. He has also finished either first or second in the series' last five races.

Team owner Jack Roush, who resides 60 miles away in Northville, MI, leads all owners with five Nationwide wins at this track.

Stenhouse led a total of 38 laps en route to his second-place run.

"The car just got too tight," Stenhouse said. "We needed about a 15-lap run there at the end, going green with our new tires. We got too tight at the end."

Kyle Busch, who was attempting to tie Mark Martin's series record of 49 wins, finished third. Busch has five victories in the series so far this season, but his last win came on May 6 at Darlington.

Paul Menard, the pole sitter, took the fourth spot, while Trevor Bayne's fifth-place run gave Roush Fenway three of the top-five finishing positions. Bayne bounced back from a pit road mishap he encountered in the early going. He sustained slight damage to the front end of his car when he got into the back of Kenny Wallace while they drove on pit road.

Joey Logano finished sixth, and Martin, who competed in his third of a scheduled four Nationwide races this season, placed seventh.

Elliott Sadler, Brad Keselowski and Jason Leffler completed the top-10. Keselowski, who hails from nearby Rochester Hills, MI, had won the last two Nationwide races at his home track. During a round of mid-race pit stops, Keselowski was penalized for a tire violation in his pit stall.

Stenhouse jumped from third to first in the point standings. He holds just a two-point lead over Sadler. Reed Sorenson is four behind the leader after his 11th-place finish.

06/18 19:19:27 ET

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