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08/11/12
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Edwards wins in his first 2012 Nationwide start  
Carl Edwards celebrates
Adriano Manocchia
Carl Edwards is batting 1.000.

Grabbing the lead from Brad Keselowski after a restart with 10 laps left in Saturday's Zippo 200 at The Glen, Edwards held on to win his first Nationwide Series start of the season.

Edwards took the top spot from Keselowski on lap 73 of 82, completing a pass to the outside as the cars approached the esses at the 2.45-mile road course. Keselowski regained the lead momentarily on Lap 76 but lost it again to Edwards' crossover move as the cars approached Turn 1 to start Lap 77.

That's when a caution for Austin Dillon's blown tire slowed the field and set up a restart with two laps left. After a side-by-side battle in Turn 7 on Lap 81, Edwards held off Keselowski to win by 1.130 seconds.

"I hate to admit it, but I missed a downshift in Turn 6," Edwards said of the sequence of events that allowed Keselowski to pull up beside him as the cars approached the white flag. "All day, that was where he was beating me, so I went in there extra hard, and I missed my downshift and he got next to me."

Keselowski, however, ran out of room to the outside, and Edwards pulled away to his 38th Nationwide victory, breaking a tie for third with Kevin Harvick on the series' all-time win list.

"Obviously, he missed that last left-hander [Turn 6]," Keselowski said. "I pulled up beside his left-side door and went into [Turn 7] on Carl's outside, and he got loose and came up the track and hit me and put me in the wall there.

"That kind of took away all my momentum. I didn't have a chance at it from there."

Pole-sitter Sam Hornish Jr. ran third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and road course ace Ron Fellows.

Entering the race with high expectations after her strong run at Road America in June, Danica Patrick suffered terminal damage to her No. 7 Chevrolet before the race was a lap old.

Ryan Truex's No. 20 Toyota slid through the grass in the first corner and back onto the pavement right in front of Patrick's car. The collision broke Patrick's radiator and ultimately put her out of the race in 43rd place, the worst finish of her NASCAR career.

"One thing leads to the next in these situations, and the radiator was leaking," Patrick said. "I noticed on my lap [after attempted repairs on pit road] that it took a long, long time to get to fourth gear on the backstraight. It might have been losing power at that point in time. When they got the radiator changed -- and they did it really quickly -- I went to fire it, and there was water coming out of the tail pipe. It wouldn't turn over.

"I feel so bad. I wish it would have gone differently but that's the sport. There's a lot of stuff that is out of your control and there's a lot of stuff you look back at that you would've, could've, should've done differently -- but that's just racing."

Scott Graves, Edwards' crew chief, is batting 1.000, too, with a win in his first Nationwide Series race.

Elliott Sadler finished 12th and saw his lead in the series standings shrink to 13 points over Stenhouse, 24 over Hornish and 29 over Dillon, who finished 23rd and lost two positions in the points.

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 2 60 Carl Edwards Dodge Subway 0 82 Running
2 4 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge SKF / Discount Tire 0 82 Running
3 1 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge PPG 42/1 82 Running
4 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 40/0 82 Running
5 15 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Canadian Tire 0 82 Running
6 5 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 0 82 Running
7 11 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 0 82 Running
8 3 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Rheem 0 82 Running
9 8 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 36/1 82 Running
10 9 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 34/0 82 Running
11 19 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 33/0 82 Running
12 7 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Charter 32/0 82 Running
13 14 30 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes 0 82 Running
14 20 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 30/0 82 Running
15 13 20 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime Boss 30/1 82 Running
16 16 199 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Toyota Delta Commercial / IMCA 0 82 Running
17 27 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American Majority 27/0 82 Running
18 28 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet JD Motorsports 26/0 82 Running
19 21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet USS James E. Williams DDG 95 26/1 82 Running
20 34 275 Kenny Habul Toyota SunEnergy 1 Racing 24/0 82 Running
21 24 159 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet Jamison Eng. / UPR.com 0 82 Running
22 6 18 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop / buymytronics.com 0 82 Running
23 30 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 21/0 82 Running
24 12 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 20/0 82 Running
25 39 124 Tim Connolly Chevrolet Michael Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research 0 82 Running
26 40 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 18/0 77 Running
27 26 97 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 17/0 55 Engine
28 41 70 Tony Raines Dodge ML Motorsports 0 45 Vibration
29 25 87 Alex Kennedy Toyota Global Barter Corporation / Dream Factory 0 37 Accident
30 38 4 Daryl Harr Chevrolet iWorld 14/0 33 Running
31 31 40 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Key Motorsports 0 27 Electrical
32 42 23 Dexter Stacey Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 12/0 25 Handling
33 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Hyland's Leg Cramps 11/0 23 Brakes
34 35 153 Eric Curran Dodge Whelen / Michael J. Fox Foundation 10/0 18 Electrical
35 29 41 Timmy Hill Ford Lilly Trucking 0 14 Altenator
36 37 39 Matthew Bell Chevrolet Global Barter Corp. 8/0 11 Accident
37 32 15 Chris Cook Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 0 8 Overheating
38 17 19 Alex Popow Toyota G-Oil / Noah's Light Foundation 6/0 5 Accident
39 18 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Key Motorsports 0 3 Vibration
40 33 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports 4/0 3 Vibration
41 36 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet The Motorsports Group 0 2 Brakes
42 22 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 0 2 Brakes
43 23 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 1/0 2 Accident

* Denotes Rookie

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