Edwards the Hometown Victor at Gateway

July 20, 2008 by Tim Zaegel  
Filed under Racing

Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250
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Even with the Sprint Cup Series taking the week off, it was still a busy weekend for Missouri native, Carl Edwards …. particularly because he decided to commit to a three-day bicycle trip from his hometown of Columbia, MO to the track that lies in Madison, IL - just outside of the St. Louis metro-area.

Edwards made the trip and got to the track in time to qualify third for the Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway, and then passed Jason Leffler with 48 laps remaining en route to picking up the win Saturday night. The win gave Edwards his second Nationwide Series win of the season, and the second of his career at Gateway.

Driving the dominant no. 20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing in just his fifth NNS start, Joey Logano started the race fourth and finished second, as he was unable to track down Edwards in the closing laps of the race. Jason Keller, Jason Leffler, and Brad Keselowski completed the top-five finishers, with rookie driver, Landon Cassill, running in 6th.

An incident involving David Reutimann and Brad Keselowski brought out the final caution of the day. The restart came on lap 146 with Edwards running third behined Jason Leffler and eventual 7th place finisher, James Buescher. The top two cars, however, took only two tires under the caution period, with Edwards taking four, which ultimately made all the difference in the world, passing Leffler for the lead just six laps later.

Earlier on a lap 116 restart, Landon Cassill got into the back of Scott Wimmer, setting off a chain reaction that eliminated the cars of Mike Bliss, Steve Wallace, and defending race winner, Reed Sorenson. Polesitter, Jamie McMurray, was in the lead at the time, but later retired with engine problems after lap 152.

Points leader, Clint Bowyer, finished 8th; David Ragan was 10th; and Marcos Ambrose ran in 15th. The hometown favorites of Mike, Kenny, and Steve Wallace finished 11th, 18th, and 26th respectively. Kenny was the only one of the three to lead any laps during the race.

Clint Bowyer and Brad Keselowski maintained the top two spots in the Nationwide standings, while Carl Edwards jumped up a spot to #3, where he now sits 201 points out of first.

Complete Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 Results.

Nationwide Series Standings (from nascar.com):

RANK

+/- DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS POLES WINS TOP 5 TOP 10
1 Clint Bowyer 3107 Leader 21 0 1 8 18
2 Brad Keselowski 2937 -170 21 1 1 8 13
3 +1 Carl Edwards 2906 -201 21 2 2 9 11
4 -1 David Reutimann 2841 -266 21 1 0 7 11
5 +1 David Ragan 2747 -360 21 0 0 4 13
6 +1 Mike Bliss 2673 -434 21 0 0 1 10
7 -2 Kyle Busch 2633 -474 19 2 5 10 10
8 Mike Wallace 2506 -601 21 0 0 1 6
9 David Stremme 2463 -644 20 0 0 4 11
10 Jason Keller 2443 -664 21 0 0 1 4
11 Jason Leffler 2376 -731 21 0 0 2 7
12 +1 Marcos Ambrose 2284 -823 21 0 0 1 3
13 -1 Steve Wallace 2255 -852 21 0 0 2 3
14 Kelly Bires 2222 -885 21 0 0 1 2
15 Bobby Hamilton Jr. 2203 -904 20 0 0 1 2
16 +1 Brad Coleman 1943 -1164 21 0 0 0 1
17 +1 Kenny Wallace 1906 -1201 20 0 0 0 0
18 -2 Kevin Harvick 1890 -1217 14 0 0 6 7
19 Scott Wimmer 1803 -1304 13 0 1 2 8
20 Denny Hamlin 1695 -1412 11 0 3 7 9

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