Carl Edwards only led five laps in Friday’s race but they were the ones that mattered. On lap 195, with a little help from teammate Trevor Bayne, Edwards took the lead from Kyle Busch and never looked back, bringing his Roush Fenway Ford into Victory Lane.
[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”291″][/media-credit]“If Trevor hadn’t given me that push,” said Edwards, “we would have had a really hard time. So [it was] just a really, really good team effort.” This was his 37th victory in the Nationwide Series.
Kyle Busch finished second followed by Trevor Bayne in third, who scored his first top-five finish in three races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliot Sadler in fourth and Brian Scott rounded out the top five.
Elliot Sadler also claimed the Nationwide Insurance Dash4Cash $100,000 bonus and won $100,000 for NASCAR fan Joe Thornton of New Port riche, Fla.
“It’s a thrill just to come to the races, but to win the $100,000 I’m speechless,” Thornton said. “I don’t know what we’re going to do with it — my wife wants to pay the house off, we’ll see. It’s just unbelievable, you know.”
Sadler is now only 15 points behind points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Paul Menard, winner of the Coors Light Pole Award, brought the field to green Friday evening at Charlotte Motor Speedway but only led the first 26 laps.
Brad Keselowski seemed to have the most dominant car of the night, leading 119 laps. But on lap 170 he suddenly slowed due to a tire going down.
In the end, it was a battle between Edwards and Kyle Busch with Trevor Bayne making a late charge in the final five laps. But Edwards was able to hold off Busch and the remainder of the field for the win.
Jack Roush, car owner of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford, was ecstatic and a little amazed after the race.
“I think I’m gonna lose my mind here,” he said. He continued, “Carl wrecked his car today and the car decided it wouldn’t give up. I’m going to talk to that car and I’m going to give that car a kiss tonight.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr retains the points lead followed by Elliot Sadler, Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson in fifth.
|Unofficial Race Results|
|Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage, Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|9||2||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford||36|
|12||7||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||32|
|18||27||81||Blake Koch *||Dodge||26|
|21||32||15||Timmy Hill *||Ford||24|
|30||35||23||Robert Richardson Jr.||Chevrolet||14|
|33||38||40||Charles Lewandoski *||Chevrolet||11|
|34||16||99||Ryan Truex *||Toyota||0|