Edwards Wins Nationwide Race



CLERMONT, Ind. — Carl Edwards passed Kyle Busch with 22 laps to go Saturday night at O’Reilly Raceway Park and went on to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kroger 200. After his win, he did his traditional backflip in front of the stands.

Edwards led twice for 72 of the race’s 200 laps but lost the lead with 30 laps to go under caution. Edwards’ No. 60 Ford was pinned behind Scott Wimmer’s Chevrolet in the pits, and Edwards mistakenly put his car in the wrong gear.

Kyle Busch led coming to the green flag on lap 174, but Edwards battled him hard and finally made the pass for the lead on lap 179.

Busch finished second, with Matt Kenseth third as double-duty drivers swept the top-three positions. Brad Keselowski finished fourth, with Steve Wallace fifth. Ron Hornaday Jr., who won Friday night’s Truck race, finished sixth. Polesitter Trevor Bayne, Jason Leffler, Wimmer and Kenny Wallace completed the top 10.

Top 10 leaders after 20 of 35: 1. Kyle Busch-3,296, 2. Edwards-3,104, 3. Keselowski-2,904, 4. Leffler-2,790, 5. Logano-2,395, 6. Allgaier-2,370, 7. Bliss-2,353, 8. S. Wallace-2,311, 9. Gaughan-2,277, 10. Keller-2,244.

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