Edwards Wins Nationwide Race in ‘Monster’ Dover Finish
DOVER, Del. (May 14, 2011) – Roush Fenway’s Carl Edwards needed nine laps of ‘overtime’ to win his third Nationwide Race of the season and his second career NNS victory at the “Monster Mile” of Dover International Speedway. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who led early, finished fourth and moved up to fourth in the Nationwide Series point standings. Kevin Swindell, filling in for Trevor Bayne, showed promise, but was caught up in an early accident and finished 31st.
Edwards had to hold his lead against two green-white-checkered starts and the charging car of Joey Lagono. In the end, Edwards hung on by a thread as Lagono lost control and collected several cars behind him in one of the wildest Dover finishes ever.
The win was Roush Fenway’s fourth in the Nationwide Series at Dover and its 14th overall NASCAR win at the Monster Mile. It was Edward's 12th NASCAR victory on concrete, his third NNS win this season and his 32nd career win in the Nationwide series. The Sprint Cup point leader has now won three times in NASCAR action at Dover and will look for his fourth in tomorrow’s Cup race.
The Nationwide Series returns to action next weekend for a stand-alone event at Iowa Speedway. The race is set for Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT and will be televised live in ABC.