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The Pit Stop


June 19, 2010 7:25 PM

Carl Dominates At Road America

Carl Edwards Road America.jpgNationwide Series drivers are at Road America for the first time ever for the Bucyrus 200. It is a long 4 mile track with 50 laps being run today. Getting the first ever poll for the event was Carl Edwards with a speed of 108.076 mph. It takes one car over 2 minutes to go a full lap at this track.

This race included only three drivers pulling double duty on Saturday. They are Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, and Brad Keselowski.

"Lots of heavy breaking," said Jacques Villeneuve.

At the end of lap 2 it was the first of the day for Justin Allgaier and his car who got into the grass and would not move at all. The green lag drops and Carl Edwards continues to lead more laps.

Jacques and Carl break away from the rest of the field by a few seconds. Brendan Gaughan on lap though gets into the gravel, but did not cause a caution. The caution though finally comes out on lap 12 for Antonio Perez and Chris Cook that get together.
Mike Wallace and Jason Leffler do not pit while the rest of the car do. The green flag drops on lap 14 and Carl is back in the lead of the race when they get into turn 5. He then starts to pull away from everybody and breaks out to a six second plus lead and then at lap 26 the next caution comes out for Chris Cook that has broken a rear-end housing destroying the back of his car.

Patrick Long, Steven Wallace and Victor Gonzalez stay out for track position. Carl Edwards wins the race off pit road with Paul Menard out in second. The green flag drops at lap 29, but turn six saw a big pile up that included Brian Scott, Tony Raines, Stanton Barrett, Colin Braun, Robb Brent, Mike Bliss and more. At lap 30 the race wound up going to red flag condition to clean up the mess on the track.

Tony Raines stated that he slowed up and was in "the wrong place at the wrong time."

Around 25 minutes go by before the race is started again. Carl Edwards and a few more cars up front pit. Carl Edwards came out 13th.

The green flag drops with 17 laps left and Brad Coleman in the lead of the race. A couple laps go by and Michael McDowell is smoking big time. Carl Edwards got back to 8th with 15 laps left.

The yellow comes out 14 laps left as Tim George and Ron Hornaday get together. The green flag drops with 12 laps left and Brad Coleman gets a horrible restart to put Brad Keselowski in the lead for a bit, then Jacques Villeneuve was able to take it over. Some more wild racing occurs and Carl Edwards was back into second place. At the end of the lap Alex Kennedy and Mike Bliss crash to bring out the caution.

The green flag drops with nine laps left and Carl Edwards took the lead of the race in turn one. Paul Menards winds up going in the gravel, but does not cause the caution to come out. At the end of the lap Patrick long spins out, but does not bring out the caution.

Carl and his 2 second lead went away when Stanton Barrett spins out into the gravel with six laps left and does not get out of it. With three laps left the green flag finally dropped again. Carl got away from Jacques. Jacques started to fade backwards as Carl went on to win the race.

Carl Edwards stated that this was a special win, that the trophy is going to his dad, and that the motorcycle he also gets is going to be auctioned off the on copart.com website for charity.

Another good day in the points, said Brendan Gaughan.

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