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10/25/08
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Carl Edwards wins Nationwide race  Memphis Motorsports Park is quickly becoming known for providing unique races. Last year there were 25 caution flags, just one shy of the record 26, and this year, the NASCAR Nationwide Series race saw only seven cars on the lead lap at the end of the Kroger 250.

That left little competition for Carl Edwards as he claimed his fifth win of the season and cut 80 points off of Clint Bowyer's lead in the championship standings. He now trails by 116 with three races remaining.

Neither Edwards nor Bowyer had turned a single lap at Memphis prior to the start of the 250-lap race, having flown in from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition in Atlanta.

The difference between the two was the handling on their machines. Bowyer struggled with a tight condition all race long while Edwards owed thanks to Bobby East for a spot-on setup in his No. 60 Ford. East practiced and qualified in place of Edwards.

Bowyer got into the rear of Marcos Ambrose to bring out the second caution flag of the afternoon. That caution changed the face of the race. Edwards was one of few lead lap cars to pit under the yellow, on Lap 29.

The race had an extended green flag run with Edwards clicking off positions with his fresher tires. On Lap 69, he took the lead in Turn 3. 

Just over 30 laps later, the field took part in a green flag round of pit stops. After stops cycled through, Edwards had a 10-second lead over Joey Logano.

As Edwards set sail, Bowyer's troubles continued. On Lap 124, the sour handling on the No. 2 Chevrolet lingered and Bowyer lost control of his machine, spinning in Turn 2.

The time of the caution, just after the cycle of green flag pit stops, left only five cars on the lead lap and not much competition for Edwards. That was, until the closing laps and one last restart.

Last year's race winner, David Reutimann regained his lost lap under a caution flag on Lap 213. He challenged Edwards after a green-white-checkered restart on Lap 251. For the final two laps, Reutimann stayed locked onto Edwards's bumper but was unable to make the move.

Reutimann finished second while Kenny Wallace was third. Austin Dillon, in only his second NASCAR Nationwide race, was fourth, and Logano was fifth.

Bobby Hamilton, Jr. spun in Turn 4 coming to the checkered flag. Hamilton blamed Landon Cassill for the incident and after climbing from his car on pit road, approached Cassil's machine, leaned into the driver's side window and appeared to throw a punch at the young driver.

"I couldn't tell what he said," said Cassill, who finished 13th. "He had his shield down. He was nodding and shaking and nodding and shaking. What happened on the last lap, was just short track beating and banging… It was just hard racing."

Results

FIN

ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 34 60 Carl Edwards Ford CitiFinancial 195/10 253 Running
2 3 99 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron's Dream Machine 170/0 253 Running
3 10 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet U.S. Border Patrol 165/0 253 Running
4 18 21 Austin Dillon Chevrolet Hardee's / Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma 160/0 253 Running
5 21 9 Chase Miller * Dodge Motorola / Verizon Wireless 155/0 253 Running
6 24 20 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop 150/0 253 Running
7 5 1 Mike Bliss Chevrolet Miccosukee Resort & Gaming 151/5 251 Running
8 17 6 David Ragan Ford Discount Tire 142/0 250 Running
9 6 66 Steve Wallace Chevrolet 5-Hour Energy 138/0 250 Running
10 2 64 David Stremme Chevrolet Penske Truck Rental 134/0 250 Running
11 7 33 Cale Gale * Chevrolet The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation 130/0 250 Running
12 9 38 Jason Leffler Toyota Great Clips 127/0 250 Running
13 8 5 Landon Cassill * Chevrolet Nat'l Guard / 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team 124/0 250 Running
14 11 7 Mike Wallace Toyota GEICO 121/0 250 Running
15 15 59 Marcos Ambrose Ford Kingsford Tailgate at Home 118/0 250 Running
16 32 2 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet BB&T 115/0 249 Running
17 12 88 Brad Keselowski Chevrolet U.S. Navy 112/0 249 Running
18 25 25 Bobby Hamilton Jr. Ford Eckrich 109/0 249 Running
19 26 47 Kelly Bires Ford STP / AutoZone 106/0 249 Running
20 1 32 James Buescher Toyota Camping World/ RVs.com 108/5 249 Running
21 37 81 D.J. Kennington Dodge Joe Michael / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 100/0 249 Running
22 19 29 Scott Wimmer Chevrolet Holiday Inn / Holiday Inn Express 97/0 248 Running
23 4 18 Marc Davis Toyota DLP HDTV 94/0 248 Running
24 28 111 Scott Lagasse Jr. Chevrolet America's Incredible Pizza Company 91/0 248 Running
25 14 27 Jason Keller Ford Cottonelle 88/0 248 Running
26 39 4 Derrike Cope Chevrolet JVC 85/0 248 Running
27 38 24 Eric McClure Chevrolet Hefty Odorblock 82/0 247 Running
28 30 161 Brandon Whitt Ford Specialty Racing 79/0 247 Running
29 16 171 Ron Young Chevrolet Young Racing 76/0 245 Running
30 13 170 Mark Green Chevrolet Foretravel Motorcoach 78/5 244 Running
31 35 292 Brian Keselowski * Dodge Dusty's Collision 70/0 242 Running
32 42 22 Jarit Johnson Dodge Supercuts 67/0 234 Running
33 41 01 Wheeler Boys Chevrolet SponsorDavis.com 64/0 193 In Pit
34 43 331 Stanton Barrett Chevrolet INTERUSH.net 61/0 155 In Pit
35 22 40 Kevin Hamlin Dodge Fastenal / St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 58/0 150 In Pit
36 40 52 Brad Teague Ford Hilton Garden Inn / Appling Boring Co. 55/0 141 Out of Race
37 27 89 Morgan Shepherd Dodge Racing With Jesus / Lagina Plumbing 52/0 59 Out of Race
38 20 05 Burney Lamar Ford 31-W Insulation / CertainTeed 49/0 49 In Pit
39 36 149 Kertus Davis Chevrolet In Memory of Kenneth Campbell 46/0 24 In Pit
40 33 91 Justin Hobgood Chevrolet MSRP Motorsports 43/0 10 In Pit
41 23 178 Johnny Sauter Dodge Vangle.com 40/0 9 In Pit
42 29 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge Penske Truck Rental 37/0 9 In Pit
43 31 173 Kevin Lepage Dodge Germane Red 34/0 2 In Pit

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