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Edwards wins Texas Nationwide race

NASCAR
Saturday, November 06, 2010

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Carl Edwards thwarted race runner-up Kyle Busch’s bid to win his record sixth consecutive Nationwide Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, but Edwards’ victory in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge wasn’t enough to prevent third-place finisher Brad Keselowski from clinching the series championship.

Keeping Busch behind him during a green-white-checkered-flag finish that took the race five laps past its scheduled distance of 200 laps, Edwards, the 2007 Nationwide champion, won for the third time this season and the 28th time in his career -- but he left Texas trailing Keselowski by an insurmountable 465 points in the series standings.

In winning the championship, Keselowski gave team owner Roger Penske his first NASCAR title.

Edwards passed Busch, who led a race-high 106 laps, on Lap 155 and held the top spot until Parker Kligerman spun off Turn 2 on Lap 185 to cause the fourth caution of the race. Edwards retained the lead after a wild restart on Lap 191 and pulled away from Busch before a caution on Lap 198 slowed the field and sent the race to overtime.

Joey Logano finished fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr. Edwards also claimed the $75,000 bonus in Nationwide's Dash 4 Cash program.

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford Copart.com 190/5 205 Running
2 4 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Z-Line Designs / Conn's 180/10 205 Running
3 16 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge Discount Tire 170/5 205 Running
4 10 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 160/0 205 Running
5 6 99 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota Out! Pet Care 155/0 205 Running
6 17 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips / DIY Network "Garage Mahal" 150/0 205 Running
7 23 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota Dollar General 146/0 205 Running
8 2 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 142/0 205 Running
9 12 98 Paul Menard Ford Richmond Water Heaters / Menards 138/0 205 Running
10 9 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 5-Hour Energy 134/0 205 Running
11 7 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford CitiFinancial 135/5 205 Running
12 14 17 Trevor Bayne Ford Roush Fenway Racing 132/5 205 Running
13 20 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Verizon Wireless 124/0 205 Running
14 29 16 Erik Darnell Ford 3M / Ace Brand Products 121/0 205 Running
15 24 11 David Reutimann Toyota Rexall 118/0 205 Running
16 25 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet Grand Touring Vodka 120/5 205 Running
17 27 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota LoanStar Title Loans 112/0 205 Running
18 35 15 Michael Annett Toyota Pilot Flying J Coffee 109/0 205 Running
19 13 104 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet Boudreaux's Butt Paste 106/0 203 Running
20 36 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Gator.com 103/0 203 Running
21 21 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Heil Trailer International 100/0 202 Running
22 28 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 97/0 202 Running
23 37 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet G&K Services 94/0 202 Running
24 39 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet Brookshire's / United Labor Benefits 91/0 202 Running
25 40 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet BeAStock Car Driver.com 88/0 202 Running
26 33 24 Eric McClure Ford Hefty Odorblock / Cattlemen's Restaurant 85/0 202 Running
27 41 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet North Texas Pipe 82/0 202 Running
28 30 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 79/0 201 Running
29 38 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet TriStar Motorsports 76/0 199 Running
30 5 21 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Zaxby's 73/0 198 Engine
31 42 27 Alex Kennedy Ford National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund 70/0 197 Running
32 19 09 Brian Scott * Toyota Shore Lodge 67/0 196 Brakes
33 11 31 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet Kids Embrace Car Seats 64/0 189 Engine
34 22 42 Parker Kligerman Dodge GetMoreVacations.com / Bandit Chippers 61/0 180 Accident
35 18 10 Ricky Carmichael Toyota Monster Energy 58/0 89 Oil Pump
36 43 81 Michael McDowell Dodge Red Line Oil / Drive Reply 55/0 59 Engine
37 1 131 James Buescher * Chevrolet Wolfpack Energy Services 57/5 41 Accident
38 26 05 David Starr Chevrolet Cash America 49/0 36 Accident
39 31 179 Tim Andrews Ford 2nd Chance Race Parts 46/0 31 Electrical
40 8 91 David Gilliland Chevrolet D'Hondt Humphrey Motorsports 43/0 20 Electrical
41 32 107 Danny Efland Chevrolet Danny Efland Racing 40/0 12 Engine
42 34 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Metro Ministries Operation Holiday Hope 37/0 12 Ignition
43 15 92 Dennis Setzer Dodge K-Automotive Motorsports 34/0 3 Vibration

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