Carl Edwards Wins Nationwide Race at Michigan; Snaps String of Second Place Finishes

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Carl Edwards returned to victory lane on Saturday, snapping a three-race streak of second place finishes. Edwards last saw victory lane in the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway on May 14th, and has finished second in each race since then.

Edwards has been the runner-up to two Nationwide regulars (Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Iowa and Justin Allgaier at Chicagoland) and once to Sprint Cup teammate, Matt Kenseth at Charlotte.

Stenhouse Jr. took the lead from his teammate (Edwards) with 21 to go, but Edwards had the last word when he retook the lead on Lap 117 of 125 to win his fourth Nationwide race of 2011 and the 33rd of his career.

“Ricky Stenhouse is a driving machine,” said Edwards. “I didn’t think I was going to get by Ricky. I cannot drive any harder than that. That was as hard as I could drive to get by him. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

“With 11 to go I stepped it up and drove harder than maybe I should have. I saw him (Stenhouse Jr.) wiggle one time and hit the fence off of two and he was driving that car hard. His car wasn’t as balanced as mine. We were able to get by him.”

Stenhouse Jr. was able to hang on to a second place finish, earning him the top spot in the 2011 Nationwide points standings, just two points ahead of Elliott Sadler.

“I guess that is a good thing for us for sure for the championship but it doesn’t do anything for us not winning,” said Stenhouse Jr. “I feel like earlier in the year we gave some wins away, definitely some top-fives. We are right there where we need to be we just have to cap it off. We have to get a little bit better.”

Kyle Busch won the battle for third, just edging out pole-sitter Paul Menard. Trevor Bayne finished in fifth, putting all of the Roush Fenway Racing Ford Mustang’s in the top five.

Here are the complete results from Saturday’s Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
3. Kyle Busch
4. Paul Menard
5. Trevor Bayne
6. Joey Logano
7. Mark Martin
8. Elliott Sadler
9. Brad Keselowski
10. Jason Leffler
11. Reed Sorenson
12. David Stremme
13. Justin Allgaier
14. Steve Wallace
15. Aric Almirola
16. Josh Wise
17. Brian Scott
18. David Reutimann
19. Michael Annett
20. Kenny Wallace
21. Joe Nemechek
22. Mike Wallace
23. Mike Bliss
24. Sam Hornish Jr.
25. Blake Koch
26. Jeremy Clements
27. Timmy Hill
28. Derrike Cope
29. Eric McClure
30. Charles Lewandoski
31. Robert Richardson Jr.
32. Jennifer Jo Cobb
33. Danny Efland
34. Morgan Shepherd
35. Carl Long
36. Matt Carter
37. Scott Riggs
38. Andy Ponstein
39. J.J. Yeley
40. Tim Andrews
41. Jeff Green
42. Tony Raines
43. Dennis Setzer

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