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Edwards Rocks Nashville

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 23 2011

Carl Edwards dominated at Nashville on Saturday night. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Carl Edwards easily overcame an early speeding penalty and went on to win the Nationwide Series race at Nashville Superspeedway Saturday night.

The victory was the second this year for Edwards at the Nashville track. It was the fifth of the season for Edwards and gave him his 10th top-10 finish in NNS.

He led 125 of 225 laps.

Finishing second was Edwards’ Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Stenhouse finished about .6 seconds back.

“This car was really fast tonight,” Edwards said. “Ricky (Stenhouse) was also super fast. We just had a great car.”

Austin Dillon, who had won the Camping World Truck race at Nashville on Friday night, finished third. It was his best finish in an NNS race.

Justin Allgaier was fourth.

Aric Almirola was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Sam Hornish Jr., Drew Herring, Reed Sorenson, Trevor Bayne and Kenny Wallace.

“We just had one issue on that last restart,” Hornish said. “I sit at home and watch these races on TV and watch all these green-white-checkered (finishes) and we never get them when I race.  The car was really good on the restarts.  We just didn’t have the long-run speed that we needed.  I’m really happy with our effort.  The car ran great; we just couldn’t get the track position that we needed.  On our last restart, we had a malfunction with our radio.  Chad (Walter, crew chief) had an issue with his button on the radio.  I’m not supposed to go until he tells me to go.  I sat there and watched five guys go around me.  But we were able to get those spots back and bring home a sixth-place finish.  I think we had a top-five car tonight.  We kept all the wheels on it tonight and raced them hard to the end.”

Brad Keselowski started the race from the pole and led the first 59 laps before being overtaken by Edwards.

Keselowski would get the lead back but about half way through the race, in the race was hit by an engine problem and dropped out of contention.

“I’m not sure what happened with the motor,” Keselowski said. “Something broke and we’re still not really sure.  It’s a little bit disappointing because we had such a fast Discount Tire Dodge at the start of the race.  No real indication that something was wrong under the hood.  We thought it might have been a bad spark plug so we came in under caution, but it looks to be something internal.  It’s tough.  We had a car that was capable of winning the race.  We led a ton of laps before the motor issue and then just had to ride around hoping that the motor wouldn’t let go.  We have great stuff at Penske.  It was just one of them racing deals.  We’ll take it back to the shop and figure out what happened.”

Elliott Sadler started the race as points leader and was running well until a late pit stop. When his car dropped from the jack, Sadler hit the gas a little too soon and the drive wheels bit so hard it broke his rear end gear.

Sorenson moved back to the lead. He has a five point margin over Stenhouse.

Sadler sunk back to third.

| , RacinToday.com Saturday, July 23 2011
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