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Carl Edwards Takes Checkered in Nationwide Race

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Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Fastenal Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Getty/Matthew Stockman)

Carl Edwards, driver of the #60 Fastenal Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Getty/Matthew Stockman)

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Columbia, Mo. native Carl Edwards escaped a crash that wiped out primary challenger Kyle Busch and won his second consecutive Nationwide race at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night.

Edwards and Busch were running 1-2 on lap 88 when Tim Schendel, nine laps down and last among the 35 cars still running, blew a right front tire coming out of Turn 1.

Schendel shot up the track and basically split the front-runners, barely scrapping the back of Edwards’ car. But he was right in front of Busch, who had nowhere to go and hit him full force.

Edwards, the polesitter, never dropped below third place during the 200-lap race at the 1½-mile, high-banked track.

After the final pit stops, Edwards held off a closing charge by Brad Keselowski for his 30th career Nationwide victory. He won by 0.482 seconds, and had an average speed of 147.902 mph.

Central Illinois native Justin Allgaier finished 6th in the race. St. Louis area native Kenny Wallace placed 20th.

Copyright Associated Press

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