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Edwards ends Nationwide Series drought at Milwaukee

NASCAR
Sunday, June 22, 2008

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Carl Edwards poses with the trophy at The Milwaukee Mile's Victory Lane
Padraic Major for NASCAR

All it took to end Carl Edwards' year-long NASCAR Nationwide Series winless streak was to change crew chiefs.

The defending series champion had gone 36 races without a victory, and team owner Jack Roush decided that was enough. So Roush Fenway Racing swapped crew chiefs earlier this week, with Drew Blickensderfer taking over for Pierre Kuettel on Edwards' No. 60 team.

Edwards responded by winning Saturday's Camping World RV Rental 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Milwaukee Mile.

Edwards' last victory was at Nashville in June 2007, and though he won the series title last year, Edwards didn’t win the second half of the season.

"It just feels good to win a race ... for our team, for everybody at the shop and all the guys who have been working hard and sticking with this program even though we haven't won a race in a long time," Edwards said. "It means a lot to have all that support. This win is a huge relief."

Edwards bumped past Clint Bowyer to take the lead with 38 laps to go and held off rookie Joey Logano to score his 14th career win in the series.

Logano finished second in Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyota, with Bowyer hanging on for third in Richard Childress Racing's Chevrolet. David Ragan (Roush Fenway) was fourth, with David Reutimann (Michael Waltrip Racing) fifth.

Scott Wimmer, Mike Bliss, Brad Keselowski, Jason Keller and Jason Leffler rounded out the top 10.

Keselowski won the pole and had the dominant car for more than half the race. But after leading 145 of the first 171 laps, Keselowski was challenged in Turn 3 by Logano.

Logano slipped in the corner and bounced into Keselowski, sending the No. 88 Chevrolet up the track. Logano took the lead and soon pulled away.

Logano was bidding to become the fourth series driver to win two races in his first four starts -- joining Dale Earnhardt, Darrell Waltrip and Ron Fellows -- but he was beaten off pit road on Lap 206 by three other cars.

Steve Wallace took the lead by changing only two tires, with Edwards and Bowyer following him off pit road.

Edwards quickly dispatched Wallace, but Bowyer ducked inside Edwards for the lead on Lap 212.

After the race's eighth caution on Lap 221, Edwards tried to slip inside Bowyer, and the two made contact on Lap 226, which allowed Edwards to take the lead for good.

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 7 20 Joey Logano Toyota Ninja Gaiden II / GameStop 175/5 250 Running
3 6 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 170/5 250 Running
4 13 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 160/0 250 Running
5 5 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 155/0 250 Running
6 12 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 150/0 250 Running
7 2 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 151/5 250 Running
8 1 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 152/10 250 Running
9 4 111 Jason Keller Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 138/0 250 Running
10 9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 134/0 250 Running
11 8 47 Kelly Bires Ford Clorox 130/0 250 Running
12 20 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet Camping World/ RVs.com 127/0 250 Running
13 19 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 124/0 250 Running
14 24 32 James Buescher Toyota ABF U-Pack Moving / Fraternal Order of Eagles 126/5 250 Running
15 26 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford John Morrell 118/0 250 Running
16 21 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford STP 115/0 250 Running
17 23 30 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet GrandStay.net 112/0 250 Running
18 25 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 109/0 250 Running
19 14 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 111/5 250 Running
20 22 40 Bryan Clauson * Dodge Fastenal 103/0 250 Running
21 10 16 Colin Braun Ford CitiFinancial 100/0 250 Running
22 3 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team 97/0 250 Running
23 15 9 Chase Miller * Dodge Motorola / Verizon Wireless 94/0 248 Running
24 36 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Mahindra Tractors 91/0 247 Running
25 18 27 Brad Coleman Ford Scott Bath Tissue / Pick 'n Save 88/0 247 Running
26 39 161 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet Long John Silver's 85/0 247 Running
27 33 292 Brian Keselowski * Dodge AT&T Yellow Pages / ConelyAuto.com 82/0 246 Running
28 34 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 84/5 246 Running
29 35 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty 76/0 244 Running
30 40 52 Brad Teague Chevrolet Means Racing 73/0 237 Running
31 27 156 Travis Kittleson Chevrolet Bob Steele Chevrolet 70/0 219 In Pit
32 42 01 Mike Potter Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 67/0 170 In Pit
33 28 22 Josh Wise Dodge Supercuts 64/0 164 Out of Race
34 17 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Atreus Homes & Communities 61/0 154 In Pit
35 41 4 Jerick Johnson Chevrolet American Legion / Rasmussen College 58/0 62 In Pit
36 32 37 Burney Lamar Ford Baker Curb Racing 60/5 58 In Pit
37 38 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Victory In Jesus 52/0 55 Running
38 31 149 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC Everio 49/0 23 In Pit
39 37 90 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 46/0 15 In Pit
40 30 0 J C Stout Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 43/0 10 In Pit
41 16 91 Terry Cook Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 40/0 9 In Pit
42 29 173 Larry Gunselman Dodge Derrike Cope Inc. 37/0 2 In Pit
43 43 05 Justin Ashburn Chevrolet 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 34/0 1 In Pit

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