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Edwards muscles past Busch for the win

In Nationwide Series race
Sunday, July 26, 2009

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Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Vitamin Water Ford, holds up the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200
Geoff Burke/Getty Images for NASCAR
Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch with 22 laps to go Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200.

Edwards had the dominant car after starting from the rear of the field because he missed qualifying to participate in a practice session for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at nearby Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Edwards led twice for 72 of the race’s 200 laps but lost the lead with 30 laps to go under caution. Edwards’ No. 60 Ford was pinned behind Scott Wimmer’s Chevrolet in the pits, and Edwards mistakenly put his car in the wrong gear.

Busch led coming to the green flag on Lap 174, but Edwards battled him hard and finally made the pass for the lead on Lap 179.

Busch finished second, with Matt Kenseth third as double-duty drivers swept the top-three positions. Brad Keselowski finished fourth, with Steve Wallace fifth.

Ron Hornaday Jr., who won Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at ORP, finished sixth. Polesitter Trevor Bayne, Jason Leffler, Wimmer and Kenny Wallace completed the top 10. Bayne, 18, won his first career pole in just his seventh series race.

Bayne and Steve Wallace, while running 1-2, were involved in a bizarre accident on Lap 36 after Michael Annett crashed in Turn 3. As Bayne and Wallace took the yellow flag and slowed into Turn 1, the pace car hit the track in the middle of the corner.

Bayne slowed to stay behind the caution car, but Wallace rammed him from the rear, spinning out both cars. NASCAR ruled that since they didn’t maintain caution speed, they took their positions from where they blended in.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 42 60 Carl Edwards Ford vitaminwater 195/10 200 Running
2 41 18 Kyle Busch Toyota NOS Energy Drink 175/5 200 Running
3 34 16 Matt Kenseth Ford CitiFinancial 165/0 200 Running
4 7 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 160/0 200 Running
5 3 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet US Fidelis 155/0 200 Running
6 8 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Vlasic 155/5 200 Running
7 1 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 151/5 200 Running
8 14 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 142/0 200 Running
9 15 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 143/5 200 Running
10 24 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 134/0 200 Running
11 37 32 David Reutimann Toyota Dollar General 130/0 200 Running
12 9 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength 127/0 200 Running
13 12 29 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 124/0 200 Running
14 13 40 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Westerman Companies 121/0 200 Running
15 21 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 118/0 199 Running
16 2 20 Brad Coleman Toyota Joe Gibbs' "Game Plan for Life" 115/0 199 Running
17 27 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Lagina Plumbing / Eldora Speedway 112/0 199 Running
18 26 2 Austin Dillon Chevrolet RCR Thanks Chevrolet 109/0 199 Running
19 22 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 106/0 199 Running
20 31 87 Kevin Conway Toyota Extenze 103/0 199 Running
21 25 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 100/0 199 Running
22 28 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Eckrich / Kroger 97/0 199 Running
23 38 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty / Kroger 94/0 198 Running
24 33 05 Jeff Green Ford 31-W Insulation 91/0 198 Running
25 17 27 Jason Keller Ford Kroger / Riley Hospital for Children 93/5 198 Running
26 23 177 Peyton Sellers * Chevrolet SFP 85/0 198 Running
27 29 31 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Circle K Thirstbuster 82/0 197 Running
28 36 81 Michael McDowell * Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 79/0 197 Running
29 4 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Discount Tire 76/0 196 Running
30 18 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 73/0 196 Running
31 35 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet Aaron's Dream Machine 70/0 184 Running
32 16 07 Chase Austin Chevrolet Cavi Clothing / Macy's 67/0 179 Running
33 10 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 64/0 115 Running
34 30 01 Danny O'Quinn Jr. Chevrolet National Watermelon Association 61/0 111 Engine
35 20 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 58/0 107 Running
36 43 52 Chris Lawson Chevrolet Means Racing 55/0 63 Brakes
37 6 11 Scott Lagasse Jr. * Toyota America's Incredible Pizza Company 52/0 21 Accident
38 40 10 Chad Blount Toyota Braun Racing 49/0 15 Overheating
39 39 47 Kelly Bires Toyota Construction  Jobs.com 46/0 13 Overheating
40 5 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 11 Vibration
41 19 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 11 Brakes
42 32 04 Kertus Davis Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 37/0 9 Vibration
43 11 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacati ons.com 34/0 9 Brakes

* Denotes Rookie

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