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Edwards wins Nationwide debut at Road America

Before CART-size crowd from the 70s
Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Carl Edwards celebrates his victory. Outstanding crowd at the race today. We have not seen a crowd this large since the CART years of the 70's at Road America.
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After Thursday's first NASCAR Nationwide Series practice at Road America, Edwards poked fun at himself for how bad he was on the 4.048-mile road course, even though he was the fifth fastest driver. But Edwards proved to be a quick study, as he dominated the Bucyrus 200 to win the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America.

"The corner workers, I could tell they were shaking their heads at me and the rest of us. It was ugly," Edwards said of Thursday's day-long practice. "But as a driver, this track is pretty tough. It's a long track, there's a lot going on. … I thought about it a lot going back and forth (to Sonoma, Calif. for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race) on the airplane. Last night, laying in my motorhome, I ran laps in my head. I really tried to give my guys the best focus I could give them."

Plus, Edwards credited road-course veteran Boris Said and a Road America driving instructor for providing tips on how to get around the mammoth track.

And then, Edwards and crew chief Drew Blickensderfer got some motivation from Roush Fenway Racing teammate Paul Menard, who was blistering fast on Thursday.

"To be honest, Drew was mad that he was faster than us," Edwards said.

So the team worked on getting the No. 60 Ford better, and by the time Edwards showed up for Saturday's qualifying and race, he was the class of the field. Edwards put down a blazingly fast lap to claim the pole in qualifying, and then he led 35 of the race's 50 laps.

"First of all, my guys built an amazing racecar," Edwards said. "That car was really, really fast. It was just a joy to drive."

But the race wasn't without some drama. Road-course races are usually filled with fuel-mileage strategy, and this one was no different. Edwards gave up the lead to pit for fuel under caution with 19 laps to go and restarted 13th.

"I was nervous about that," Edwards said. "Once I got to the fast section at the back of the track, my car didn't handle as well without fresh air on the nose. That was a little wild. … I saw the race slipping away at that point. I was pretty nervous."

Brad Coleman inherited the lead, but the race got physical in the closing laps, and Coleman got punted out of the way in Turn 1 by Brad Keselowski. In the melee, Edwards moved up quickly, following Jacques Villeneuve toward the front.

After another yellow, Edwards charged inside Villeneuve into Turn 1 and got the lead. From there, he pulled away to 4.3-second victory over runner-up Ron Fellows. Brendan Gaughan was third, with Keselowski fourth and Owen Kelly fifth.

Villeneuve suffered a broken alternator wire in the closing laps and finished 25th.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 10 60 Carl Edwards Ford Fastenal 195/10 50 Running
2 9 88 Ron Fellows Chevrolet AER Manufacturing 170/0 50 Running
3 20 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota South Point Hotel & Casino 165/0 50 Running
4 25 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 160/0 50 Running
5 19 27 Owen Kelly Ford K1 Speed 155/0 50 Running
6 2 18 Brad Coleman Toyota SafeWay Driving Centers 155/5 50 Running
7 4 7 J.R. Fitzpatrick Chevrolet Schick Hydro 146/0 50 Running
8 22 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 147/5 50 Running
9 16 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 138/0 50 Running
10 12 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota OutPetCare.com 134/0 50 Running
11 13 16 Colin Braun * Ford Roush Fenway Racing 130/0 50 Running
12 6 33 Ron Hornaday Chevrolet Longhorn Smokeless Tobacco 127/0 50 Running
13 28 11 Brian Scott * Toyota BigSpot.com 124/0 50 Running
14 17 90 Patrick Long Toyota System High Corporation 126/5 50 Running
15 31 10 Tayler Malsam Toyota Iron Horse Jeans 118/0 50 Running
16 8 98 Paul Menard Ford MasterCraft / Menards 115/0 50 Running
17 - 31 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Lilly Trucking / 4Caring.org / Taleo Grill 112/0 50 Running
18 37 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet J Davis Motorsports.com 109/0 50 Running
19 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Victory In Jesus 106/0 50 Running
20 32 35 Tony Ave Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 103/0 50 Running
21 29 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Anderson's Maple Syrup 100/0 50 Running
22 23 70 Mark Green Chevrolet Roth Maple Syrup 97/0 50 Running
23 14 05 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Chevrolet State Water Heaters / 31-W Insulation 94/0 50 Running
24 26 15 Michael Annett Toyota Germain.com 91/0 50 Running
25 7 32 Jacques Villeneuve Toyota Dollar General 93/5 50 Running
26 21 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 85/0 50 Running
27 40 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty Odorblock 82/0 46 Running
28 42 23 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet HelpTruckers.com 79/0 46 Running
29 1 20 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota Pizza Ranch 76/0 44 Running
30 33 09 Robb Brent Ford RAB Racing 73/0 43 Running
31 34 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Sheboygan Chevrolet 70/0 38 Accident
32 5 21 Tim George Jr. Chevrolet Sargento Foods 67/0 36 Accident
33 35 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Mobile-Shop.com 64/0 34 Engine
34 11 43 Kevin O'Connell Ford Taleo Grill 61/0 34 Engine
35 3 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 58/0 30 Running
36 36 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet Long John Silver's 55/0 29 Engine
37 - 159 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet UPR.com / Apex / Jamison 52/0 29 Accident
38 41 87 Antonio Perez Chevrolet FrontRowJoe.com 49/0 10 Engine
39 27 156 Joey Scarallo Ford Cobblestone Inn & Suites 46/0 8 Brakes
40 - 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 43/0 3 Transmission
41 38 61 Josh Wise Ford Specialty Racing 40/0 1 Brakes
42 30 92 Andy Ponstein Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 37/0 1 Susp.
43 15 104 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet J Davis Motorsports.com 34/0 1 Rear End

* Denotes Rookie

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