NNS: Edwards wins the Great Clips 300 from pole position

Edwards celebrates with his traditional backflip.
Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR

After starting from the pole position, Carl Edwards overcame a pit road penalty to win the Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After leading a race high 101 laps, Edwards earned his 35 career Nationwide series victory as well as his sixth victory and 19th top-10 of the season.

Taking the lead on lap 177 following the final restart, Edwards held an advantage over Busch for the win. 

“That was the hardest we could race out there,” Edwards said. “Kyle and I, Kevin, I raced Kasey—it was a lot of fun. This track is as good as it gets. This was a blast.”

The "excitement" of the race came from Turner Motorsports teammate Reed Sorenson and Justin Allgaier. The two made contact, Allgaier nose hit the rear quarterpanel of Sorenson's car, sending Sorenson into Trevor Bayne, ending the night for both Bayne and Sorenson. After the incident, Sorenson said: "I will tell you one thing: I will find him after the race, and it'll be between me and him - I promise you." Sorenson took a hit in the Nationwide standings, now trailing Stenhouse Jr, by -40 points. 

Race highlights and lowlights:
  • Carl Edwards starts on pole
  • lap 34- Jamie McMurray (driving the No. 7 JR Motorsports car) gets a flat tire and is forced to pit under green
  • lap 43 – Eric McClure (No. 14) hits the wall in Turn 2 for the first caution, Carl Edwards receives a penalty for removing equipment from his pit stall, placing him at the end of the tail line
  • lap 70 – Joe Nemechek (No, 87) hits the wall in Turn 2 for the 2nd caution
  • lap 78 – Michael Annett (No. 62) spins through the infield but saves the car from any major damage
  • lap 134 – Eric McClure again hits the wall in Turn 2 for the fourth caution
  • lap 165 – Annett again spins in Turn 2 – saves it again.
  • lap 171 – Teammates Justin Allgaier and Reed Sorenson touch in the rear quarter panel sending Sorenson into Bayne. Heavy damage for Sorenson and Bayne.
Race results:
  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Kyle Busch
  3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Kasey Kahne
  6. Justin Allgaier
  7. Brad Keselowski
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Jason Leffler
  10. Elliott Sadler
  11. Ryan Truex
  12. Brian Scott
  13. Steven Wallace
  14. Jeremy Clements
  15. Mike Bliss
  16. Mike Wallace
  17. Matt Carter
  18. Joe Nemechek
  19. Kenny Wallace
  20. Michael Annett
  21. Jamie McMurray
  22. Josh Wise
  23. Blake Koch
  24. Derrike Cope
  25. Morgan Shepherd
  26. Robert Richardson Jr.
  27. T J Bell
  28. Eric McClure
  29. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  30. Kevin Lepage
  31. John Jackson
  32. Reed Sorenson
  33. Trevor Bayne
  34. Dennis Setzer
  35. Clay Greenfield
  36. Timmy Hill
  37. Jeff Green
  38. Scott Riggs
  39. Tim Andrews
  40. Chase Miller
  41. Carl Long
  42. Mark Green
  43. Johnny Chapman
NNS: Edwards wins the Great Clips 300 from pole position NNS: Edwards wins the Great Clips 300 from pole position Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, September 03, 2011 Rating: 5