Carl Edwards Scores Victory at the Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage at Charlotte

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.

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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
http://www.speedwaymedia.com/n2s/race.php?race=31
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Pos. No. Driver Make Points
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1 5 60 Carl Edwards Ford 0
2 6 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 0
3 11 16 Trevor Bayne Ford 41
4 12 2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 41
5 8 11 Brian Scott Toyota 39
6 3 22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 0
7 10 31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 37
8 1 33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 0
9 2 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 36
10 9 32 Brian Vickers Chevrolet 0
11 17 30 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 33
12 7 12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 32
13 19 66 Steve Wallace Toyota 31
14 13 7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 30
15 14 88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 29
16 20 9 Kenny Wallace Toyota 28
17 22 62 Michael Annett Toyota 27
18 27 81 Blake Koch * Dodge 26
19 4 20 Joey Logano Toyota 0
20 23 19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 24
21 32 15 Timmy Hill * Ford 24
22 36 1 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 22
23 31 150 T.J. Bell Chevrolet 0
24 41 28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 20
25 39 89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 19
26 33 39 Joey Gase Ford 18
27 37 52 Kevin Lepage Chevrolet 17
28 18 38 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 0
29 24 51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 15
30 35 23 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 14
31 34 14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 13
32 15 182 Reed Sorenson Dodge 12
33 38 40 Charles Lewandoski * Chevrolet 11
34 16 99 Ryan Truex * Toyota 0
35 42 70 Angela Cope Chevrolet 9
36 40 87 Kevin Conway Toyota 8
37 28 97 Joe Nemechek Toyota 7
38 25 104 Tim Andrews Ford 6
39 26 103 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 5
40 30 141 Johnny Chapman Chevrolet 4
41 21 147 Scott Speed Chevrolet 3
42 29 142 Erik Darnell Chevrolet 0
43 43 44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 1

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