Edwards wins Nationwide race at Dover

May 14, 2011 - 6:59 PM
NASCAR Nationwide Dover Auto Racing

Driver Carl Edwards celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide series 5-hour ENERGY 200 auto race, Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Dover, Del. (AP Photo/Russ Hamilton Sr.)

DOVER, Del (AP) — Carl Edwards held on to win the Nationwide Series at Dover International Speedway on Saturday after a wreck-filled final lap that knocked out several contenders.

Edwards battle with Joey Logano off the final restart of the race turned dangerous in a hurry. Logano got loose as he tried to scoot around Edwards and slammed into the wall, triggering a pile up that eliminated Clint Bowyer from contention. Bowyer's car slid sideways down the concrete track. Debris hit one of Bowyer's crew.

Edwards instantly thought he hit Logano and caused the accident. But Edwards, who announced the birth of his son this week, never made serious contact and won on the second attempt of a green-white finish.

He refrained from performing his traditional winning backflip off his No. 60 Ford.

"I saw him wiggle and I wasn't sure if I touched him or not," Edwards said. "Not the way we wanted to finish the race."

Maybe not. But he'll take the result.

The accident shook up the final results. Kyle Busch was second and Reed Sorenson third.

The race was delayed and, later interrupted, by rain.

Busch failed in his bid to tie Mark Martin for first place in career Nationwide victories. He stands on 48.

The front of Busch's No. 18 Toyota was mashed in, but he ducked around the wreckage and finished the race.

"I didn't want that kind of view," he said.

Before the final accident, Edwards was so concerned he was running out of fuel he drove on the apron under caution. He had enough to win his third Nationwide race of the season.

Logano, who flipped eight times in the Cup race two years ago at Dover, walked away from another scary accident. Edwards and Logano briefly chatted after the race.

"It's not his fault," Logano said. "It's just part of hard racing at the end."