BUSCH: Edwards wins Busch race in Loudon

Carl Edwards got lucky at New Hampshire International Speedway. Edwards earned the lead after several cars were trapped a lap down after a caution fell during a round of green flag pit stops. Edwards led unchallenged until the races closing laps.

Carl Edwards got lucky at New Hampshire International Speedway. Edwards earned the lead after several cars were trapped a lap down after a caution fell during a round of green flag pit stops.

Edwards led unchallenged until the races closing laps. Kevin Harvick got within three car lengths of the No. 60 Ford but could just not make up the distance to race Edwards for the lead.

It is Edwards eighth career Busch Series win and his third victory of the season.

"I don't know if that was exciting for the fans or not," said Edwards. "But I thought Kevin (Harvick) was coming and it was exciting for me. Tough luck for Clint Bowyer, it's tough to loose a lead that way, but I am glad he lost it to me."

Harvick settled for second, "A good day.we were just a little but tight there in the end. But all in all it was a good day for us. We started to run him (Edwards) down a little bit there, but once we got within a few car lengths of him we just got tight. We came up a little bit short today."

Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer complete the top five.

"That was a hard one to loose," said Bowyer. "I am happy we battled back to a top five finish, would have been a different day if we wouldn't have gotten caught there on pit road. Tough day for us."

Pole sitter Kyle Busch brought the field to the green flag but led just 15 laps before Clint Bowyer grabbed the lead and held onto it until lap 142. Bowyer pitted under green and was trapped a lap down when the caution came out while he was on pit road.

That gave the lead to Edwards. Edwards led the final 58 laps on his way to the win in the New England 200.

Several multi-car crashes slowed the first half of the event. There were seven cautions for 26 laps and two lead changes among three drivers.

Harvick continues to lead Busch series point standings. Edwards (-308), Bowyer (-387), Hamlin (-425) and JJ Yeley (-456) complete the top five.

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