Carl Edwards drove through the field at O'Reilly Raceway Park to win the Kroger 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Starting 42nd of 43 cars, Edwards make quick work of the field, taking sixth place by the 47th lap. "I like starting in the back,"...
Carl Edwards drove through the field at O'Reilly Raceway Park to win the Kroger 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Starting 42nd of 43 cars, Edwards make quick work of the field, taking sixth place by the 47th lap. "I like starting in the back," Edwards said. "It's fun when you have a fast car and you start in the back. It's rewarding to be able to pass cars like that."
A rain delay at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway meant drivers doing double duty at the Brickyard and ORP would need to use backup drivers to qualify their Nationwide Series cars.
Second-place finisher Kyle Busch started 41st with third-place finisher Matt Kenseth starting 34th.
The first half of the race was slowed five times for caution periods.
The last 100 laps had one caution period, erasing Edward's four second lead over Busch. The final caution came on lap 169 with the front of the field reporting to the pits for tires. Busch won the race off pit road when Edwards had trouble in the pits.
"When Wimmer pulled into his pit stall, we were just about ready to go," said Edwards. When it came time to leave the pits, Edwards went straight, nearly hitting one of Wimmer's crew members. "I could have done a better job coming in and I could have done a better job getting out, he said."
After the restart, it took Edwards five laps to regain the lead. Nosing ahead of Kyle Busch at the start/finish line, Edwards completed the pass in Turn 2 and opened up a one second lead.
"We didn't have enough all day," said Busch. "We didn't deserve to finish second because we bounced it off the wall twice. My car was tight all night. I couldn't get the front to turn. We were able to come to pit road three times and make adjustments. We had a good handling car but it wasn't good enough."
Matt Kenseth held off Brad Keselowski and Steve Wallace to finish third, noting he "did not get a lot of laps" prior to the race. "We got a good restart on the last restart but we were too loose," he said.
Keselowski and Wallace ran side by side for most of the last 20 laps, swapping fourth place before Keselowski sealed the position with less than two laps to go. Wallace finished fifth.
Ron Hornaday Jr., who last night earned an unprecedented forth consecutive victory in the truck series, finished sixth.
Brendan Gaughan was the best of the rookie class with a 12th-place finish.