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Edwards wins Milwaukee Nationwide race

NASCAR Nationwide Series
Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Carl Edwards celebrates
Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards made the trip from Infineon Raceway worthwhile on Saturday night, winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series NorthernTool.com 250 at the Milwaukee Mile.

Edwards left Infineon earlier in the day, where he practiced his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car, to race at Milwaukee. Having to start at the rear of the field, Edwards tiptoed through the field early in the race.

After his Cup counterpart, Joe Gibbs Racing's Kyle Busch, led for numerous laps, Edwards chased him down and made the pass for the lead on Lap 205.

Despite two caution periods in the final 50 laps, Edwards easily pulled away to his first Nationwide victory of the season. He also repeated as the Milwaukee race winner, going to victory lane in 2008 with new crew chief Drew Blickensderfer.

"It seems like almost every week, we're getting faster and faster," Edwards said. "It's really cool to get that first win. Hopefully, it kicks off the rest of the season like it did last year."

Edwards' 2008 win at Milwaukee kicked off an impressive second-half run where he won seven of the final 19 races. Can he do it again this season?

"We could go win every race," Edwards said. "That's how we try to approach them. As good as last season ended, it didn't get good until a year ago tonight. All my guys are aware of that, I was aware of that. People were mentioning that to me as I was getting in the car: 'Hey, do you remember last year?' I thought, 'Boy, if we could do that again and get it going, there's no reason we can't have the same success.'"

The victory was the first of the season for Dan Stillman, who replaced Blickensderfer as Edwards' crew chief.

Busch finished second, despite leading the most laps (80) for the eighth consecutive race.

"I was out front and he passed me," Busch said of Edwards. "His car was better than my car was. Any time I tried to go harder I got loose."

JR Motorsports' Brad Keselowski finished third. Polesitter Erik Darnell, Edwards' teammate, finished fourth after rallying in the closing laps. Roush Fenway's Ricky Stenhouse Jr. completed the top five.

Sixth through 10th were Rusty Wallace Racing's Steve Wallace, Phoenix Racing's Mike Bliss, Richard Childress Racing's Stephen Leicht, Kevin Harvick Inc.'s Ron Hornaday and Braun Racing's Jason Leffler.

Busch saw his series lead over Edwards cut to 127 points, with Keselowski third, 218 out of the lead.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 11 60 Carl Edwards Ford Save-A-Lot 190/5 250 Running
2 10 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Combos 180/10 250 Running
3 5 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 170/5 250 Running
4 1 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Northern Tool + Equipment 165/5 250 Running
5 4 16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford CitiFinancial 160/5 250 Running
6 28 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 150/0 250 Running
7 18 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 146/0 250 Running
8 6 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 147/5 250 Running
9 13 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 138/0 250 Running
10 8 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 134/0 250 Running
11 20 40 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Stop Repair B ills.com 130/0 250 Running
12 9 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Michael Waltrip Racing 127/0 249 Running
13 3 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 124/0 249 Running
14 19 47 Michael McDowell * Toyota Construction  Jobs.com 121/0 249 Running
15 24 177 Peyton Sellers * Chevrolet SFP 118/0 249 Running
16 16 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 115/0 249 Running
17 21 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 112/0 249 Running
18 7 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 109/0 249 Running
19 15 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 106/0 249 Running
20 27 27 Jason Keller Ford Scott Tissue / Pick 'n Save 103/0 248 Running
21 42 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 100/0 248 Running
22 26 32 Burney Lamar Toyota Dollar General 97/0 248 Running
23 17 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 94/0 248 Running
24 2 20 Brad Coleman Toyota Rudys.com 96/5 247 Running
25 22 05 Casey Atwood Chevrolet 31-W Insulation 88/0 247 Running
26 37 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 85/0 247 Running
27 30 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet Milwaukee Valvoline Instant Lube 82/0 247 Running
28 33 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 79/0 246 Running
29 31 31 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Bob Steele Chevrolet 76/0 245 Running
30 36 61 Brandon Whitt Ford Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place 73/0 245 Running
31 43 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge Fisher Honda 70/0 243 Running
32 38 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 67/0 237 Running
33 25 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 64/0 224 Running
34 40 07 Mike Harmon Chevrolet PeelsPlus.com 61/0 213 Rear End
35 14 49 Mark Green Chevrolet Anderson's Maple Syrup 58/0 30 Brakes
36 39 10 Kelly Bires Toyota Braun Racing 55/0 16 Electrical
37 32 0 J C Stout Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 52/0 10 Brakes
38 41 87 Chad Blount Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 49/0 8 Brakes
39 12 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 5 Overheating
40 29 173 Derrike Cope Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 43/0 4 Brakes
41 34 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge ConelyAuto.com 40/0 4 Vibration
42 35 04 Kertus Davis Chevrolet Sleep Inn Milwaukee 37/0 3 Brakes
43 23 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 34/0 2 Ignition

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