Edwards wins at Nashville, Sorenson takes over series points lead

Brad Keselowski started on the pole for the Federated Auto Parts 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Nashville Superspeedway, with Steven Wallace alongside him. As they completed the first lap, Keselowski blasted away to a big lead over second place Carl Edwards. Keselowski would hold that lead for the first 58 laps until Edwards squeezed by.

[media-credit name=”Joe Dunn” align=”alignright” width=”221″][/media-credit]Edwards would hold onto a strong lead through lap 82 as a caution flag flew for debris in turn 3. As the leaders headed down pit road Elliott Sadler and Austin Dillon would both opt for two tires as opposed to the leaders taking on four. Sadler would take the lead off pit road, just ahead of Edwards, but a speeding penalty entering pit road would send Edwards to the rear of the field. Sadler’s lead would be short lives as Keselowski took it back 2 laps later.

As the laps wound down Keselowski radioed to his crew that there was a problem with the car. By lap 117 Dillon would overtake Keselowski for the lead, but Edwards had been charging forward fast and four laps later, the #60 Ford of Edwards would retake the lead. The second caution of the night would fly on lap 129 as Mikey Kyle (30) and Brian Scott (11) made contact on the backstretch, sending Kyle spinning through the infield. The race would go green again on lap 134 with Edwards holding onto the lead. That was until the third caution period of the night which came on lap 178 for debris on the backstretch.

Coming off the third caution, Austin Dillon would take the lead away from Edwards. But Dillon’s reign would be short lived as just 5 laps later Edwards would slip by, retaking the lead for the final time. The win was Carl’s 34th in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and his fifth win at Nashville Superspeedway. The win is also Edwards his fifth of the 2011 season.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Edward’s teammate would finish second, followed by Austin Dillon, Justin Allgaier, Aric Almirola (5th), Sam Hornish Jr., Drew Herring, Reed Sorenson, Trevor Bayne and Kenny Wallace rounding out the top 10.

Edwards led the most laps (124) followed by Keselowski (89) Dillon (9) and Elliott Sadler (3). Sadler fell out of the points lead after a reported broken axle sent the #2 Chevrolet to the garage for 15 laps, finishing 30th. Sorenson’s 8th place finish vaulted him to the points lead with Stenhouse second and Sadler falling back to third.

Unofficial Race Results
Federated Auto Parts 300, Nashville Superspeedway
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=20
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 3 60 Carl Edwards Ford 0
2 6 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 42
3 4 33 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 0
4 16 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 40
5 12 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 39
6 8 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 38
7 17 18 Drew Herring Toyota 37
8 11 32 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 36
9 7 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 35
10 9 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 34
11 2 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 33
12 1 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 0
13 14 87 Scott Wimmer Toyota 31
14 15 62 Michael Annett Toyota 30
15 19 30 Mikey Kile Chevrolet 29
16 23 70 David Stremme Chevrolet 0
17 10 11 Brian Scott Toyota 27
18 13 38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 26
19 21 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 25
20 20 7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 24
21 27 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 23
22 22 15 Timmy Hill * Ford 22
23 32 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 21
24 18 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 20
25 24 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 19
26 26 39 Danny Efland Ford 18
27 29 81 Blake Koch * Dodge 17
28 35 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 16
29 40 113 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Dodge 15
30 5 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 15
31 28 40 Chase Miller Chevrolet 13
32 42 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 12
33 34 141 Carl Long Ford 11
34 41 23 Dennis Setzer Dodge 10
35 33 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 9
36 31 175 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 8
37 36 171 Matthew Carter Ford 7
38 43 174 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 6
39 25 142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 5
40 38 49 Mark Green Chevrolet 4
41 30 147 Charles Lewandoski * Chevrolet 3
42 37 104 Danny O’Quinn Jr. Ford 2
43 39 103 Marc Davis Chevrolet 1


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