In his 2012 debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Carl Edwards took the checker at Watkins Glen today. After the 2011 season, Edwards decided to focus on the Sprint Cup Series championship and not run in the Nationwide Series in 2012 but he wanted to race at Watkins Glen today and he pulled into victory lane.
Edwards hung around the front all day but it wasn’t until late in the race when he passed Keselowski for the lead. Keselowski didn’t race Edwards too hard but Keselowski said after the race that he “scored some nice guy points today” by not racing Edwards too hard. Keselowski also said “when the chase comes, watch out.” Keselowski was disappointed by not winning after leading much of the race. On the final restart, Edwards pulled away from Keselowski and Keselowski couldn’t catch back up before the checker flag fell.
The race at the Glen today featured some hot tempers and disappointing runs. Edwards got Joey Logano hot after Edwards got into Logano and spun him around, ultimately costing Logano a shot at victory. Austin Dillon posted a disappointing finish of 23rd after experiencing a lot of trouble throughout the afternoon. Dillon also fell back to fourth in the point’s standings after coming in second.
The first turn of the first lap caused issues for Ryan Truex and Danica Patrick. Truex went into turn one way too hot and he spun through the grass and went back across the track right in front of Danica and caused a lot of damage to the No.7 machine. However, no caution came out. After running a few laps, Danica pulled her car behind the wall because of a leaky radiator. Danica eventually called it quits when her car had a bigger issue with the engine. Danica ended up finishing 43rd and said that she “wished it (her day) would of gone differently.”
The first caution came out on lap six when the No.19 of Alex Popow got into the wall going up the esses portion of the track after blowing out a tire. Sam Hornish Jr led the first eleven laps before getting passed by his teammate Brad Keselowski on lap twelve. On lap 19, the first round of green flag pit stops began. Hornish Jr took the lead back again when Keselowski pulled down pit road on lap 21.
After most cars pitted, the No.87 of Alex Kennedy was the leader because he hadn’t made his stop yet. Keselowski took over the lead again on lap 28. On lap 39 the second caution of the day came out when the No.87 of Alex Kennedy crashed hard going up the esses. Kennedy got loose and hit the left side of the Armco barrier going up the esses and then he went back across the track and hit the right side barrier hard as well. Austin Dillon had to spin his car to avoid Kennedy but Dillon suffered no damage. On lap 51, the second round of green flag pit stops began.
Tempers began to flare with 27 to go when Carl Edwards got into Joey Logano in turn eleven, turning Logano. Logano lost a lot of ground and he was furious with Edwards. Just a lap later, the No.97 of Joe Nemechek stalled on the track to bring out the caution. Brad Keselowski led the field to the restart followed by Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish Jr and Kasey Kahne. With 14 to go the caution came out for the No.88 of Cole Whitt who clipped the Armco barrier leading into the bus stop turn and Whitt left debris on the track which brought out the caution.
On the ensuing restart, Edwards made a power move on the outside to take the lead from Keselowski and Edwards never gave the lead back. Another caution came back out with six to go for Austin Dillon who blew a tire. This caution set up a green-white-checker finish and we only needed one to complete this race. Edwards pulled away from Keselowski on the restart and crossed the finish line first. Edwards celebrated with his traditional back flip which the crowd loved. Edwards was stoked about getting back to victory lane for the first time in 2012 even if it was in the Nationwide Series.
The point’s standings endured a major shake-up after the race today. Elliot Sadler still is the point’s leader but after Austin Dillon’s bad run he has fallen back to fourth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr had a great run and moved up to second in the standings only 13 points back from Sadler. With Hornish Jr’s third place finish he has moved up to third in the standings. Dillon’s championship hopes took a major plunge today and he needs to go out and win to get back in championship contention. Edwards will look to sweep the weekend tomorrow when the Sprint Cup Series stars try to navigate their way around the Glen. You can catch the racing action from Watkins Glen at one on ESPN.
Results via Nascar.com
STATUS1 2 60 Carl Edwards Dodge Subway 0 82 Running 2 4 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge SKF / Discount Tire 0 82 Running 3 1 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge PPG 42/1 82 Running 4 10 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford Ford EcoBoost 40/0 82 Running 5 15 5 Ron Fellows Chevrolet Canadian Tire 0 82 Running 6 5 54 Kyle Busch Toyota Monster Energy 0 82 Running 7 11 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet Great Clips 0 82 Running 8 3 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet Menards / Rheem 0 82 Running 9 8 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet Brandt 36/1 82 Running 10 9 11 Brian Scott Toyota Dollar General 34/0 82 Running 11 19 43 Michael Annett Ford Pilot Flying J 33/0 82 Running 12 7 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet Charter 32/0 82 Running 13 14 30 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet Duroline Brakes 0 82 Running 14 20 44 Mike Bliss Toyota TriStar Motorsports 30/0 82 Running 15 13 20 Ryan Truex Toyota Grime Boss 30/1 82 Running 16 16 199 Victor Gonzalez Jr. Toyota Delta Commercial / IMCA 0 82 Running 17 27 81 Jason Bowles * Toyota American Majority 27/0 82 Running 18 28 01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet JD Motorsports 26/0 82 Running 19 21 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet USS James E. Williams DDG 95 26/1 82 Running 20 34 275 Kenny Habul Toyota SunEnergy 1 Racing 24/0 82 Running 21 24 159 Kyle Kelley Chevrolet Jamison Eng. / UPR.com 0 82 Running 22 6 18 Joey Logano Toyota GameStop / buymytronics.com 0 82 Running 23 30 3 Austin Dillon * Chevrolet AdvoCare 21/0 82 Running 24 12 88 Cole Whitt * Chevrolet TaxSlayer.com 20/0 82 Running 25 39 124 Tim Connolly Chevrolet Michael Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research 0 82 Running 26 40 14 Eric McClure Toyota Hefty / Reynolds Wrap 18/0 77 Running 27 26 97 Joe Nemechek Toyota AM / FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves 17/0 55 Engine 28 41 70 Tony Raines Dodge ML Motorsports 0 45 Vibration 29 25 87 Alex Kennedy Toyota Global Barter Corporation / Dream Factory 0 37 Accident 30 38 4 Daryl Harr Chevrolet iWorld 14/0 33 Running 31 31 40 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Key Motorsports 0 27 Electrical 32 42 23 Dexter Stacey Chevrolet R3 Motorsports 12/0 25 Handling 33 43 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet Hyland’s Leg Cramps 11/0 23 Brakes 34 35 153 Eric Curran Dodge Whelen / Michael J. Fox Foundation 10/0 18 Electrical 35 29 41 Timmy Hill Ford Lilly Trucking 0 14 Altenator 36 37 39 Matthew Bell Chevrolet Global Barter Corp. 8/0 11 Accident 37 32 15 Chris Cook Chevrolet Lilly Trucking 0 8 Overheating 38 17 19 Alex Popow Toyota G-Oil / Noah’s Light Foundation 6/0 5 Accident 39 18 42 Josh Wise Chevrolet Key Motorsports 0 3 Vibration 40 33 10 Jeff Green Toyota TriStar Motorsports 4/0 3 Vibration 41 36 46 Matt DiBenedetto Chevrolet The Motorsports Group 0 2 Brakes 42 22 47 Stephen Leicht Chevrolet Curtis Key Plumbing 0 2 Brakes 43 23 7 Danica Patrick Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 1/0 2 Accident
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