Carl Edwards turned in a dominating performance from behind the wheel of his No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, leading 179 of the 200 laps that made up the OneMain Financial 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway on Saturday en route to the race win.
“Everything went great, other than my (celebratory) backflip,” Edwards said after the race.
Everything went great, other than my (celebratory) backflip.
Brad Keselowski finished second in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, and Clint Bowyer was third in the No. 33 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet.
“I almost felt like we were first in class,” Keselowski said. “Those Roush cars are so fast.”
Elliott Sadler started his No. 2 Kevin Harvick Inc. Chevrolet on the pole and led the race until he lost the top spot to Edwards on a restart following the first caution of the race that came out for debris on lap seven. He eventually fell off the lead lap and wound up finishing in the 14th spot.
“We were a little too loose today,” Sadler said.
Bowyer moved into the second position when he got by Sadler on lap 31, but he was never able to catch Edwards. By lap 126, Edwards and Bowyer had raced out to nearly two-and-a-half seconds in front of the rest of the field. Edwards continued to lead with Bowyer in second.
Ryan Truex Jr., who had raced his way into the top-five in the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, was one of the first to head down pit road with 44 laps remaining in the race to begin a green-flag cycle of pit stops. But within the cycle, the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Brian Scott hit sand barrels at the entrance of pit road to bring out the fourth and final caution of the race.
Edwards and Bowyer had already made stops under green but were able to stay on the lead lap. Keselowski and others who had yet to stop headed down pit road under the caution to hand the lead back over to Edwards. After taking only two tires under green, Bowyer went down pit road again under the caution.
“It was a little bit unclear what was going on there,” Bowyer said of pitting under green and then heading back down pit road when the caution came out.
Keselowski was first off pit road to restart the race on the front row, alongside Edwards. Bowyer quickly made his way back up to third and raced Keselowski for the second spot, but was unable to get by. The three Sprint Cup Series regulars maintained their positions for the remainder of the race.
Another Sprint Cup regular, Kasey Kahne in the No. 38 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet, finished fourth. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular, finishing fifth to build on his series points lead over Sadler.