Carl Edwards Wins the Nationwide Series Race From Atlanta
Carl Edwards started on the pole, and had to rebound from an early pit road penalty to get the win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in tonight's Nationwide Series GreatClips 300. Edwards had a very strong car all night long and showed it on the final restart with 19 laps to go when he just pulled away from Kevin Harvick. He led the most laps and made it look easy, but he did have to overcome some troubles on pit road. On the first caution he had to drop to the rear of the field for removing the air hose from the pit box.
Kyle Busch tried to make it interesting in the final ten laps. He looked to be closing in on Edwards and maybe even his first career NNS win at Atlanta, but Edwards proved to be too strong. Every time Busch would gain on Edwards, Carl would stretch his lead on the very next lap. Busch ended up finishing second.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr just continues to impress week after week. He ran up front all night long and battled for the lead basically all race long. He looked to have a shot at the win as well, but was plagued by what he thought was a loose wheel with about ten laps to go. He still finished third, but the loose wheel took him out of contention for the win.
Championship contender Reed Sorenson was having a good race, but was taken out late by his own teammate. He was running side-by-side with Trevor Bayne when his teammate Justin Allgaier hit him in the left rear corner and forced him up into Bayne and the wall. Sorenson came into the race within ten points of leader Stenhouse, but left Atlanta 40 points back in third place.
Elliott Sadler qualified well, but just never ran well. He started ninth and quickly faded to about 16th place. His team just could never get the car to handle the way Sadler need it to. But even with Sadler's troubles throughout the race he still managed to get a top ten finish. Sadler sits second in points, 13 points behind Stenhouse.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Top 5 in Points:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Elliott Sadler -13
Reed Sorenson -40
Aric Almirola -64
Justin Allgaier -98