NNS Race Results at Charlotte: Carl Edwards Battles Back For Eighth Win of the Season

October 14, 2011 No Comments

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Carl Edwards won Friday night’s Nationwide race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, overcoming heavy right side damage to lead the final five laps en route to his eighth win of the season.

Edwards jolted past Kyle Busch on the final restart with five to go and held off a final surge coming out of turn four to beat Busch to the line by 0.233 seconds.

“We got out-motored on the last restart and finished second,” said an extremely short-tempered Busch after the race. “Unfortunately the Toyota’s don’t have the horsepower.”

Trevor Bayne, tying his best finish of the season, finished third with Elliott Sadler in fourth and Brian Scott in fifth. Brad Keselowski, Justin Allgaier, Paul Menard, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Brian Vickers rounded out the top 10.

Edwards’ night started out miserably, when contact with the wall at lap 32 severely damaged the right side of the No. 60 machine. Multiple pit stops under caution placed Edwards in 27th for the restart at lap 44.

“The night started out pretty poorly due to my running into the wall,” said Edwards. “We fought back from that. Mike did a really good job of convincing me everything was gonna be okay, and it was.

Edwards worked his way up to eighth by the midway point and battled for a spot in the top five by lap 150. Despite the damage, Edwards leaped from sixth to second, which later put him in contention for the win on the final restart.

“That last restart, if Trevor (Bayne) hadn’t given me that push down into turn one – if he hadn’t tucked in behind us and put us out there in front – I think we would have had a really hard time holding Kyle off on the top,” said Edwards.

Keselowski, continuing his theme from last week’s win at Kansas, led 119 of the 200 laps in domination fashion but a right-front tire puncture at lap 172 hindered his shot at two-straight wins. Keselowski limped from turn two to turn four, eventually spinning on the apron to bring out the caution.

Keselowski restarted as the last car on the lead lap in 13th, but was unable to push through traffic to catch the leaders, settling for a sixth place finish in the final shootout.

Points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished ninth after dropping four positions on the final restart with 5 to go as his points rival, Elliott Sadler, maintained his fourth place position on the restart. Sadler now sits just 15 points out of the lead with three races to go.

In addition, Sadler won the final Dash 4 Cash 100,000 dollar award from Nationwide Insurance, joining Reed Sorenson (2) and Stenhouse Jr. as the drivers which took home the bonus.

Race Results for Friday night’s Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Kyle Busch
3. Trevor Bayne
4. Elliott Sadler
5. Brian Scott
6. Brad Keselowski
7. Justin Allgaier
8. Paul Menard
9. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
10. Brian Vickers
11. Jason Leffler
12. Sam Hornish Jr.
13. Steve Wallace
14. Josh Wise
15. Aric Almirola
16. Kenny Wallace
17. Michael Annett
18. Blake Koch
19. Joey Logano
20. Mike Bliss
21. Timmy Hill
22. Mike Wallace
23. T.J. Bell
24. Derrike Cope
25. Morgan Shepherd
26. Joey Gase
27. Kevin Lepage
28. Kasey Kahne
29. Jeremy Clements
30. Robert Richardson Jr.
31. Eric McClure
32. Reed Sorenson
33. Charles Lewandoski
34. Ryan Truex
35. Angela Cope
36. Kevin Conway
37. Joe Nemechek
38. Tim Andrews
39. Scott Riggs
40. Johnny Chapman
41. Scott Speed
42. Erik Darnell
43. Jeff Green

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