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Edwards Picks Off NNS Victory At Atlanta

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 3 2011

Carl Edwards won his sixth Nationwide Series race of the season on Saturday night at Atlanta. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Carl Edwards took the lead with 19 laps to go, held off Kyle Busch and got the win in the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The victory was the sixth of the season in the series for Edwards and his Roush Fenway Racing team. Edwards led a race-best 101 laps of the 195-lap race en route to the victory at the 1.5-mile quad-oval.

“I can’t believe we got the pole and the win; what a heck of a race,” said Edwards. “It was a lot of fun. This track is as good as it gets. I can’t wait for tomorrow night (and the Sprint Cup race).”

Busch finished second, .67 seconds behind.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Edwards’ teammate, was third and Kevin Harvick was fourth.

Finishing fifth was Kasey Kahne.

Rounding out the top 10 were Justin Allgaier, Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Jason Leffler and Elliott Sadler.

Edwards started the race from the pole and led the first 42 laps.

But on a pit stop, he left his stall with an air gun used for attaching and removing lugnuts still attached. He would fall to 17th place with the penalty he was issued. But back he came.

On lap 94, Edwards got his lead back and his comeback was complete.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 3 2011
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