Edwards Wins NNS Race In Michigan
Carl Edwards got his fourth victory of the season when he won the Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday.
The victory was his second at MIS.
The victory also gave Edwards his fourth straight finish of second or better in the Nationwide Series.
Finishing second was Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is Edwards’ teammate at Roush Fenway Racing.
“Good one-two finish for Jack,” Stenhouse said, referring to team owner Jack Roush.
Third was Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing.
Fourth was Paul Menard.
“It was great racing there at the end with Paul (Menard),” Busch said. “That was fun. We had a good time and put on a good show hopefully. We were back and forth a little bit there – him on the bottom and me on the top. He got away from me and I finally found something. You can change your line six inches up in the top lane and it’s all the difference. I found something about six inches different, ran him back down and wasn’t sure if I could get back by him or not but we did right there coming to the checkered.
“We’re behind a little bit in everything, but a third-place run like that — the top two dogs, they were gone. There wasn’t catching them. We came off with a good, solid run today and hoping that these guys can carry on that momentum next week into the road course.”
Fifth was Trevor Bayne in a Roush Fenway Ford.
Edwards took the lead away from Stenhouse on lap 84 of the 125-lap race.
He lost it to Mark Martin when a caution came out with Martin in the pits on lap 93. Edwards and most of the rest of the lead-lappers pitted and had to line up behind Martin for the restart.
Edwards took the lead back on the restart lap, which was lap 100. Also getting past Martin were Kyle Busch and Stenhouse.
Three laps later, Stenhouse took the lead from his Roush Fenway Racing teammate.
Edwards got the lead back with eight laps to go when he pulled past Stenhouse.
“I realized with 11 laps to go and I was thinking the laps kept ticking down and I was driving harder and harder and not catching him,” Edwards said. “With 11 to go I stepped it up and drove harder than maybe I should have. I saw him 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. With 15 to go I didn’t think we were going to be able to get him. We were talking in victory lane about the race a year ago here. We weren’t even close. We were not competitive with a lot of these guys. In the last year, Doug Yates, Jack, Mike and all the guys at the shop have done a great job of making our cars fast. They moved the shop, changed the engines, put together sponsorship and when we didn’t have sponsorship Jack committed to running the cars and that is why we are here today in victory lane. The cars are amazing.”
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