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Broken foot doesn't slow down Edwards

Nationwide Series
Friday, September 11, 2009

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Crutches were waiting for Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Scotts Wild Bird Food Ford, when he arrived in Victory Lane to celebrate his third win
Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR

Carl Edwards won the race off pit road on Lap 227. Then he won the race.

After his crew got his No. 60 Ford off pit road in the top spot under caution, Edwards ran away from Kevin Harvick over the final 20-lap green-flag run and won the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 Friday night at Richmond International Raceway.

Because of an ignition problem in qualifying, Edwards started from the rear of the field under a penalty for adjustments outside of impound. For the third time this season, Edwards won a race after starting from the back. The win was Edwards' fourth in the Nationwide Series this season and the 24th of his career, tying him with Tommy Houston for sixth all-time.

Because he broke two bones in his right foot playing Frisbee before last week's Atlanta race, he couldn't do his characteristic victory backflip, but he savored the win nonetheless. Second in the Nationwide standings, Edwards trimmed the lead of third-place finisher Kyle Busch to 201 points.

"My guys were the one tonight that made this one happen," Edwards said. "That was a great pit stop. "We're trying to catch Kyle, and we needed a run like this to do it. (Crew chief) Dan Stillman and all these guys did it for me tonight.

"We were probably going to run second, but that pit stop was what got me to victory lane."

Brad Keselowski ran fourth, followed by David Reutimann. Martin Truex Jr., Trevor Bayne, Justin Allgaier, Steve Wallace and Scott Speed completed the top 10.

Polesitter Denny Hamlin led a race-high 101 laps, but a succession of problems dropped him to 17th at the finish.

Two slow pit stops -- due to lug-nut problems with the front tires -- hampered Hamlin's efforts. The No. 20 Toyota lost four positions in the pits on Lap 127, under caution for debris in Turn 1, and restarted sixth on Lap 133 of 250.

Hamlin charged to the front, however, and took the lead from Busch on Lap 143, after a drag race around the .75-mile circuit. He held the top spot until Harvick passed him on the inside through Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 201.

Hamlin regained the lead momentarily, but his car slid sideways as it approached the start/finish line on Lap 204. Contact with Harvick's Chevy righted Hamlin's Camry, but it knocked the fender into the left-front tire and forced Hamlin to the pits. He lost a lap during repairs but regained it by race's end.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 39 60 Carl Edwards Ford Scotts Wild Bird Food / Songbird Selections 190/5 250 Running
2 18 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 175/5 250 Running
3 2 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs / Racing for Kids 170/5 250 Running
4 5 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet Lipton Tea 165/5 250 Running
5 15 32 David Reutimann Toyota Dollar General 160/5 250 Running
6 6 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 150/0 250 Running
7 9 11 Trevor Bayne Toyota Ridemakerz 146/0 250 Running
8 19 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge Verizon Wireless 142/0 250 Running
9 29 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 138/0 250 Running
10 8 99 Scott Speed Toyota Red Bull 134/0 250 Running
11 4 29 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 130/0 250 Running
12 10 16 Greg Biffle Ford CitiFinancial 127/0 250 Running
13 3 198 Paul Menard Ford Richmond / Menards 124/0 250 Running
14 25 6 Erik Darnell * Ford Discount Tire / Northern Tool + Equipment 121/0 250 Running
15 16 27 Jason Keller Ford Depend Products / Family Dollar 118/0 250 Running
16 24 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Westerman Companies 115/0 250 Running
17 1 20 Denny Hamlin Toyota Z-Line Designs / Operation Helmet 122/10 250 Running
18 17 5 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Fastenal 109/0 250 Running
19 23 26 Michael McDowell * Dodge Fischer Honda 106/0 248 Running
20 35 09 Travis Kvapil Ford Zaxby's 103/0 248 Running
21 12 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet US Fidelis 100/0 248 Running
22 38 234 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 97/0 248 Running
23 31 81 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Dodge D.H. Griffin Companies 94/0 248 Running
24 41 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet Union Bank & Trust 91/0 248 Running
25 36 15 Michael Annett * Toyota Pilot Travel Centers 88/0 247 Running
26 27 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 85/0 246 Running
27 32 31 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Bob Steele Chevrolet 82/0 246 Running
28 37 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet Mahindra Tractors 79/0 246 Running
29 42 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty 76/0 245 Running
30 30 172 Benny Gordon Ford Samuel Metals / VSI Racing / 9-11 Memorial 73/0 245 Running
31 40 10 Justin Marks Toyota BraunAbility 70/0 245 Running
32 14 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / Comcast 67/0 227 Running
33 34 61 Matt Carter Ford Specialty Racing 64/0 77 Handling
34 43 196 Dennis Setzer Dodge ConelyAuto.com 61/0 47 Vibration
35 22 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 58/0 40 Accident
36 33 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet NEMCO Motorsports 55/0 32 Overheating
37 26 07 Josh Wise Chevrolet SK Motorsports 52/0 23 Electrical
38 7 49 Mark Green Chevrolet GetMoreVacations.com 49/0 22 Brakes
39 11 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 18 Parked
40 28 0 J C Stout Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 43/0 17 Electrical
41 13 47 Coleman Pressley Toyota Construction Jobs.com 40/0 16 Overheating
42 21 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 37/0 8 Overheating
43 20 178 Kevin Lepage Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 34/0 0 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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