Edwards wins; Keselowski’s blood boils

Carl Edwards nudged Brad Keselowski on the final lap to win Saturday nights Nationwide Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway.

A late accident involving Justin Allgaier, Tayler Malsam and Joe Nemechek, set things up for a green-white-checkers finish.  

On the final lap, Keselowski nudged Edwards entering turn one.  Edwards fought back on the backstretch and pulled to the outside Keselowski entering turn three. Exiting turn four Keselowski was on the inside and almost clear with the lead heading to the finish line.    Edwards got into the back of Keselowski and turned him first into the outside wall and then he drifted back into the inside wall, bringing out a huge crash on the front stretch.  

“I was really proud how we were racing each other. He was holding me tight and getting me a little loose which was cool. I was rubbing on him a little bit. It was just great racing. I figured out a way to beat him. He wasn’t happy with me, so he wrecked me. Wrecking down the straightaway is never cool whether it’s at 200 mph or 120. I’m sorry that’s the way it had to end.” Keselowski said.   “I think he’s trying to figure out how he can win the points when he hasn’t run very well all year. I don’t think that was cool at all. We had a great Discount Tire Dodge all day long and I think we were the car to beat. It just didn’t happen.” Keselowski later added.  

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Edwards did not agree.   “The deal is he’ll eventually learn he can’t run into my car over and over and put me in bad situations. In every situation, there’s an aggressor and there’s someone who reacts. I was not the aggressor in this situation.” Edwards said.   Keselowski said the contact in turn 1 on the final lap was incidental.  

“The way it went, he bumped me and he finished wherever he finished and I still won the race. That’s the only way I could see the race turning out fair.” Edwards said.   Edwards won, Keselowski finished 14th.  

Unofficial Results Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250, Gateway International Raceway July 17, 2010 – Race 19 of 35

Pos. St. No. Driver Make Pts. Bon. Laps
1 8 60 Carl Edwards Ford 190 5 200
2 13 32 Reed Sorenson Toyota 170 0 200
3 1 99 Trevor Bayne Toyota 170 5 200
4 5 98 Paul Menard Ford 160 0 200
5 9 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 155 0 200
6 6 11 Brian Scott * Toyota 150 0 200
7 2 16 Colin Braun * Ford 146 0 200
8 34 7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 142 0 200
9 15 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. * Ford 138 0 200
10 22 34 Tony Raines Chevrolet 134 0 200
11 33 15 Michael Annett Toyota 130 0 200
12 12 70 Shelby Howard Chevrolet 127 0 200
13 26 88 Steve Arpin Chevrolet 124 0 200
14 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 131 10 200
15 21 5 Willie Allen Chevrolet 118 0 200
16 10 33 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 120 5 200
17 4 62 Brendan Gaughan Toyota 112 5 198
18 20 10 Tayler Malsam Toyota 109 0 198
19 39 40 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 106 0 198
20 32 28 Kenny Wallace Chevrolet 103 0 198
21 41 21 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 100 0 197
22 37 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 97 0 197
23 24 38 Jason Leffler Toyota 94 0 196
24 42 23 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 91 0 196
25 16 12 Justin Allgaier Dodge 88 0 194
26 43 24 Eric McClure Ford 85 0 193
27 17 87 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet 82 0 189
28 19 100 Ryan Truex Toyota 79 0 178
29 18 20 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 76 0 163
30 7 18 Brad Coleman Toyota 73 0 150
31 38 9 Landon Cassill Ford 70 0 102
32 29 27 Kelly Bires Toyota 67 0 62
33 40 43 Brad Baker Ford 64 0 61
34 23 35 Jason Keller Chevrolet 61 0 44
35 31 156 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 58 0 26
36 11 91 Chase Miller Chevrolet 55 0 24
37 28 90 Danny O’Quinn Jr. Chevrolet 52 0 20
38 27 26 Brian Keselowski Dodge 49 0 13
39 14 37 Kevin Swindell Ford 46 0 8
40 35 89 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 43 0 6
41 25 136 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet 40 0 4
42 36 92 Dennis Setzer Dodge 37 0 3
43 30 49 Mark Green Chevrolet 34 0 2

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