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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|