David Ragan earns second Nationwide Series win after showdown with Carl Edwards at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – David Ragan shot ahead of Carl Edwards in a green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Nationwide Series Food City 250 Friday night by a 1.379-second margin.

Debris on the .5-mile oval’s frontstretch brought out the race’s final caution with eight laps remaining, setting up a two-lap run to the finish four laps after regulation. Ragan, who earlier in the race saw Edwards jet ahead on the outside line on a double-file restart, elected to take to the outside as the leader.

“The outside was just great all night,” Ragan said. “I really struggled passing cars on the bottom.

“I just can’t say enough about our Nationwide team and everybody back at the Roush Fenway shop.”

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The win was Ragan’s second Nationwide Series victory this season, his first coming at Talladega last spring. Ragan gained the lead after maneuvering lapped traffic to where he could pin Edwards in the preferred middle groove and drive by on the bottom.

Edwards said he hesitated to overdrive his car and hit Ragan, his teammate, on the restart with a good points day the risk.

“David’s car was just so much faster through the center,” Edwards said. “I just can’t say enough about David Ragan. We didn’t come here to finish second, but he’s a great guy.”

Points leader Kyle Busch was involved in an incident with the lapped car of Chase Austin on lap 54 while leading. Busch came out from the garage after repairs and ended up 28th, 59 laps down.

Busch led one lap before contact with Austin, but his points lead was cut to 248 with Edwards’ second-place finish. The series heads to Montreal next weekend, where Edwards will again look to slim Busch’s lead down.

Pole-sitter Brad Keselowski finished third after an eventful night that saw him nudge leader Justin Allgaier, cut down Allgaier’s tire and sustain enough front-end damage to head to pit road off sequence.

The incident, which Keselowski said was “100 percent” his fault, sent Allagaier spinning for the first time of the night.

“I just was racing hard and I guess I was racing a little too hard,” Keselowski said. “I feel terrible about it. He had a really great car and could have won the race.”

Allgaier’s second spin on lap 250 ended the race before the white-flag lap was completed.

Kevin Harvick, who won at Bristol in the spring, was fourth and Matt Kenseth fifth after recovering from a spin on lap seven.

Unofficial Race Results

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps Status
1 9 6 David Ragan  Ford 190 5 254 Running
2 2 60 Carl Edwards  Ford 175 5 254 Running
3 1 88 Brad Keselowski  Chevrolet 170 5 254 Running
4 11 33 Kevin Harvick  Chevrolet 170 10 254 Running
5 4 16 Matt Kenseth  Ford 155 0 254 Running
6 26 38 Jason Leffler  Toyota 150 0 254 Running
7 3 29 Clint Bowyer  Chevrolet 146 0 254 Running
8 13 15 Michael Annett * Toyota 142 0 254 Running
9 43 198 Paul Menard  Ford 138 0 254 Running
10 19 26 Michael McDowell * Dodge 134 0 254 Running
11 41 32 David Reutimann  Toyota 130 0 254 Running
12 25 61 Matt Carter  Ford 127 0 254 Running
13 10 5 Ryan Newman  Chevrolet 124 0 254 Running
14 30 28 Kenny Wallace  Chevrolet 121 0 253 Running
15 37 87 Mike Bliss  Chevrolet 118 0 253 Running
16 17 27 Jason Keller  Ford 115 0 253 Running
17 8 66 Steve Wallace  Chevrolet 112 0 253 Running
18 33 172 Benny Gordon  Ford 109 0 252 Running
19 20 62 Brendan Gaughan * Chevrolet 111 5 252 Running
20 40 81 Sean Murphy  Dodge 103 0 252 Running
21 22 40 Scott Wimmer  Chevrolet 100 0 251 Running
22 38 23 Ken Butler III * Chevrolet 97 0 251 Running
23 42 234 Tony Raines  Chevrolet 94 0 250 Running
24 5 99 Trevor Bayne  Toyota 91 0 250 Running
25 39 24 Eric McClure  Ford 88 0 249 Running
26 32 173 Derrike Cope  Dodge 85 0 236 Running
27 6 12 Justin Allgaier * Dodge 87 5 226 Running
28 15 18 Kyle Busch  Toyota 84 5 195 Running
29 7 20 Brad Coleman  Toyota 76 0 177 Running
30 16 11 Brian Scott  Toyota 73 0 162 Accident
31 18 177 Peyton Sellers  Chevrolet 70 0 161 Accident
32 23 1 Danny O’Quinn Jr.  Chevrolet 67 0 137 Accident
33 21 9 John Wes Townley * Ford 64 0 133 Susp.
34 36 52 Brad Teague  Chevrolet 61 0 79 Ignition
35 12 1 Reed Sorenson  Chevrolet 58 0 52 Accident
36 27 7 Chase Austin  Chevrolet 55 0 51 Accident
37 14 10 Kasey Kahne  Toyota 52 0 30 Overheating
38 29 49 Mark Green  Chevrolet 49 0 25 Brakes
39 28 47 Coleman Pressley  Toyota 46 0 23 Overheating
40 31 178 Kevin Lepage  Dodge 43 0 13 Ignition
41 24 5 Casey Atwood  Chevrolet 40 0 12 Transmission
42 34 91 Terry Cook * Chevrolet 37 0 3 Brakes
43 35 90 Johnny Chapman  Chevrolet 34 0 2 Ignition

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