Edwards Overpowers Keselowski To Win At Watkins Glen
Posted by: Dave Thompson, follow @phillyfan17
August 11, 2012
In his first Nationwide Series appearance of the season, Carl Edwards battled with Brad Keselowski in the closing laps to win the Zippo 200 on Saturday at Watkins Glen International. Edwards held off his series rival Keselowski during a two-lap dash on the races final restart to take the checkered flag.
The win for Edwards was his 38th of his career, breaking a tie with Kevin Harvick for third on the all-time wins.
Keselowski, who led 44 laps on the afternoon, was the class of the field through most of the race. Keselowski was unable to fend off a great restart by Edwards with two laps remaining to finish second. The second-place finish marked his fourth top-10 in four starts at Watkins Glen and his 11th of the 2012 season.
Sam Hornish, the polesitter for the race, posted his first top-10 finish at Watkins Glen with his third-place finish. For Hornish, the top-10 was his first in two starts at Watkins Glen.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished in fourth place while Ron Fellows, driving for JR Motorsports, finished out the top-five.
Danica Patrick’s series debut at Watkins Glen Intermational was short-lived after she made contact with Ryan Truex on the first lap. Truex lost control as the pack headed into Turn 1, perhaps aided from behind, slid through the grass and back on the track. Patrick was unable to avoid Truex and sustained front-end damage, which punctured the radiator sending the No. 7 Go Daddy Chevrolet to the garage. Unable to return to the race, Patrick finished a disappointing 43rd.
Kyle Busch was forced to the rear of the field after the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota team for an engine swap. Busch blazed through the field in the first 16 laps of the race to break the top-10. With a broken shifter, Busch battled through most of the race to earn a sixth-place finish.
Austin Dillon struggled in his series debut at Watkins Glen with an early passthrough penalty compounded by a cut tire with six laps remaining. Dillon finished 23rd and dropped two positions in the driver standings.
Points leader Elliott Sadler finished the race in 12th and maintains the points lead over Stenhouse Jr. by 13 points. Hornish moves to third in the standings with Dillon sitting 29 points behind his teammate Sadler.
Results of the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen:
|1||2||60||Carl Edwards(i)||Subway Ford||82||0||RUNNING||2||9|
|2||4||22||Brad Keselowski(i)||SKF/Discount Tire Dodge||82||0||RUNNING||4||44|
|3||1||12||Sam Hornish Jr.||PPG Dodge||82||42||1||RUNNING||2||15|
|4||10||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Ford EcoBoost Ford||82||40||RUNNING|
|5||15||5||Ron Fellows||Canadian Tire Chevrolet||82||39||RUNNING|
|6||5||54||Kyle Busch(i)||Monster Energy Toyota||82||0||RUNNING||1||1|
|7||11||38||Kasey Kahne(i)||Great Clips Chevrolet||82||0||RUNNING|
|8||3||33||Paul Menard(i)||Menards/Rheem Chevrolet||82||0||RUNNING|
|9||8||31||Justin Allgaier||Brandt Chevrolet||82||36||1||RUNNING||1||1|
|10||9||11||Brian Scott||Dollar General Toyota||82||34||RUNNING|
|11||19||43||Michael Annett||Pilot/Flying J Ford||82||33||RUNNING|
|12||7||2||Elliott Sadler||Charter Chevrolet||82||32||RUNNING|
|13||14||30||Miguel Paludo(i)||Duroline Chevrolet||82||0||RUNNING||1||4|
|15||13||20||Ryan Truex||Grime Boss Toyota||82||30||1||RUNNING||1||2|
|16||16||99||Victor Gonzalez Jr.||Delta Commercial/IMCA Toyota||82||28||RUNNING|
|17||27||81||Jason Bowles #||American Majority Toyota||82||27||RUNNING|
|19||21||51||Jeremy Clements||USS James E Williams DDG 95 Chevrolet||82||26||1||RUNNING||1||1|
|20||34||75||Kenny Habul||SunEnergy 1 Racing, LLC Toyota||82||24||RUNNING|
|21||24||59||Kyle Kelley||Jamison Eng./UPR.com Chevrolet||82||23||RUNNING|
|22||6||18||Joey Logano(i)||GameStop/BuyMyTronics.com Toyota||82||0||RUNNING|
|23||30||3||Austin Dillon #||Advocare Chevrolet||82||21||RUNNING|
|24||12||88||Cole Whitt #||TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet||81||20||RUNNING|
|25||39||24||Tim Connolly||Michael Connolly Endowment for Lung Cancer Research Chevrolet||81||19||RUNNING|
|26||40||14||Eric McClure||Hefty/Reynolds Wrap Toyota||77||18||RUNNING|
|27||26||97||Joe Nemechek||AM/FM Energy Wood & Pellet Stoves Toyota||55||17||Engine|
|29||25||87||Alex Kennedy||Global Barter Corporation/Dream Factory Toyota||37||16||1||Accident||1||5|
|30||38||4||Daryl Harr||iWorld Chevrolet||33||14||RUNNING|
|33||43||89||Morgan Shepherd||Hyland’s Leg Cramps Chevrolet||23||11||Brakes|
|34||35||53||Eric Curran||Whelen/Michael J. Fox Foundation Dodge||18||10||Electrical|
|35||29||41||Timmy Hill||Lilly Trucking Ford||14||9||Alternator|
|36||37||39||Matthew Bell||Global Barter Corporation Ford||11||8||Accident|
|37||32||15||Chris Cook(i)||Lilly Trucking Chevrolet||8||0||Overheating|
|38||17||19||Alex Popow||G-Oil/Noah’s Light Foundation Toyota||5||6||Accident|
|41||36||46||Matt DiBenedetto||The Motorsports Group Chevrolet||2||3||Brakes|
|42||22||47||Stephen Leicht(i)||Curtis Key Plumbing Chevrolet||2||0||Brakes|
|43||23||7||Danica Patrick||GoDaddy.com Chevrolet||2||1||Accident|
Posted: August 11th, 2012
Categories: Featured, Nascar Nationwide Series, Results.
Tags: Austin Dillon, Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Danica Patrick, Elliott Sadler, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ron Fellows, Sam Hornish Jr., Watkins Glen International