Edwards Brushes Busch Aside To Win Nashville
Carl Edwards ended a six-race tumble at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday when he won the Nashville 300 Nationwide Series race.
Edwards pushed past Kyle Busch as they fought for the lead with 35 laps to go. They exchanged the lead a couple times but Edwards finally got ahead and stayed ahead to kill Busch’s hopes for a weekend sweep of the Camping World Truck Series race – which he won Friday night – and Saturday’s NNS race.
Edwards won by about 10 car lengths.
“We just kind of lacked a little bit in every area and could only muster a second-place today,” Busch said. “We felt pretty good about where we were and how we ran. We could keep up with Carl, but it seems like the old car to the new car – we’ve kind of flip-flopped a little bit.
“It seems like the 60 (Edwards) is the car to beat every single week but all the Roush cars are pretty quick. We just need a little bit more with our Camrys and once we get that, we’ll be a force to be reckoned with once again.”
The victory was Edwards’ second of the season and 31st of his career, tying him for fourth all time with Jack Ingram.
“At the end of the race, I was pedaling for all I had,” Edwards said. “I was kind of excited at the beginning of the race. I thought, ‘Boy, we’re going to run off with this thing. It’s going to be easy.’ Then at the end, that was white-knuckle. I was driving as hard as I can drive, racing him and Brad.
“In the end, it’s better to have a race like that, but it was really nerve-wracking for me.”
Brad Keselowski finished third and Joey Logano fourth as Sprint Cup regulars swept the top four spots in the Nationwide Series’ first stand-alone race of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fifth for the best finish among Nationwide regulars.
“You hate to be happy with third-place,” Keselowski, last year’s NNS champion, said. “It was a good effort. We need to find a little bit more speed. The Roush cars just have more speed and when you put a driver like Carl Edwards in a car like he had today, he’s going to win the race. You give him the best car and he’s going to win with it. We’ve got some work to do. We’ll get our Penske cars faster.”One Comment