Carl Edwards passed teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with less than 10 laps remaining in Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in route to his fourth NNS victory of the season.
[media-credit name=”CIA Stock Photo” align=”alignright” width=”229″][/media-credit]“Ricky Stenhouse is a driving machine and here comes Jack Roush. Jack got us some fuel miles and we couldn’t dare run out of fuel with that Ford Focus out front in the pace car, it is all about fuel mileage today. Jack leaned her down and we didn’t need it, it was great. Mike Beam did a great job with the strategy. I didn’t think I was going to get by Ricky. I cannot drive any harder than that. That was as hard as I could drive to get by him. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with.” Edwards said.
Edwards won by 1.669 seconds over Stenhouse Jr. and the two teammates gave Roush Fenway Racing a 1-2 finish.
Edwards and Stenhouse also combined to lead 100 laps and Roush Fenway scored its 21st NASCAR win at its ‘home track’ of Michigan. It was the fifth win for the organization at MIS and the fifth win for Roush Fenway this season in the Nationwide Series.
“Our Tender Ridge Mustang was really fast for about 15 laps and then we got really tight. On that last restart I just tried to get as far out there as we could and didn’t quite get far enough. We just got too tight. Carl caught us. It was a good day for us. We definitely wanted one more spot. I gave it everything it had, we just got too tight.” Stenhouse Jr. said.
Kyle Busch finished third, pole-sitter Paul Menard fourth and Trevor Bayne finished fifth.
With his second place finish, Stenhouse Jr. took over the series point standings by two over Elliott Sadler.
“I guess that is a good thing for us for sure for the championship but it doesn’t do anything for us not winning. I feel like earlier in the year we gave some wins away, definitely some top-fives. We are right there where we need to be we just have to cap it off.” Stenhouse Jr. said.
|Unofficial Race Results|
|Alliance Truck Parts 250, Michigan International Speedway|
|2||5||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||43|
|24||2||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||21|
|25||18||81||Blake Koch *||Dodge||19|
|27||39||15||Timmy Hill *||Ford||17|
|30||31||40||Charles Lewandoski *||Chevrolet||14|
|31||41||103||Robert Richardson Jr.||Chevrolet||13|
|32||36||113||Jennifer Jo Cobb *||Ford||12|