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Edwards Takes NNS Victory At Dover

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 1 2011

Carl Edwards dominated the Dover Nationwide Series race on Saturday. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Erik J. Perel)

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Carl Edwards led 179 of 200 laps to win Saturday’s One Main Financial 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway.

Edwards sealed the win by pulling away from second-place Brad Keselowski and third-place Clint Bowyer after the final restart of the race, which came on lap 168.

“Today I had a very fast car,” Edwards said. “Anybody driving that car would have done really well. That was a lot of teamwork. The pit stops were great, the strategy was great and we hung on for the win. It was a lot of fun.”

The victory was Edwards’ seventh of the year and the 36th of his career.

About the only thing that went wrong for Edwards Saturday was his signature victory back flip. He didn’t exactly stick the landing and the momentum pushed him backward off the banking on the front stretch.

“If I win tomorrow I’m not doing a backflip,” he said after the race. “There’s too much banking. I don’t like it.”

Edwards indicated that he would wade into the crowd should he win Sunday’s Cup race.

“I signed one Subway car up there,” he said of his crowd-mingling celebration Saturday. “That was pretty cool. The neat thing is just to see the looks on people’s faces. There was one guy up there that I’ll think about the rest of tonight. He’s got all my gear on and he was just pumped. H was really, really excited, so it’s neat to be able to go up there. Like I’ve said before, I think other drivers should go up there and have some fun with it. That’s not my deal. It’s something that’s really neat that everybody should try.”

Kasey Kahne finished fourth. One spot back was series points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who now leads Elliott Sadler by 22 points.

“I think we’re in control for sure, but we’ve got tocontrol what we do,” Stenhouse said. “We’ve got to not make mistakes. We’ve got to bring good, fast race cars to the race track and I’ve got to do a good job of keeping out of the fence and keeping the fenders on it.

“So farwe’ve done that and I think we’ve got a really good shot at thisthing. I feel more comfortable right now even before coming intotoday. I felt comfortable coming into the day and obviously I feel alot more comfortable afterwards, but I think we’ve got a race teamthat’s pretty determined to win this thing.”

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Saturday, October 1 2011
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