Once again Kyle Busch's pit crew put him out in front of Edwards for the restart, and Busch knew that this represented his one and only shot at the lead - so he nailed the restart and leapt away from Edwards, who found himself falling over Ryan Truex as well as his other Roush Fenway team mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., with whom Edwards's had some on-track spats before in Nationwide races and who wasn't any more inclined this time to let his senior colleague simply breeze past him.
It was a critical delay for Edwards, who finally got underneath Stenhouse out of turn 2 on lap 235 but who now had only 15 laps left to hunt down Busch for the lead. Just at the key moment, the #60 didn't have quite the legs for the challenge and instead it was Busch who claimed the chequered flag 0.696s ahead of Edwards, despite Edwards having dominated and led 160 of the 250 laps of the race, over twice as many as Busch.
"We were able to get off first, and I think Carl came off fourth, so when we had the restart there, he got mired up in traffic there, and that gave us some room to get out," said Kyle, who admitted that coming off pit road first had been crucial. "We were keeping up with Carl, and then, on that final pit stop, my guys really put the pressure on, knowing how quick they'd been on pit road all night - and they did it once again!"
"I just couldn't get to him, and by the time I was in second, I had worked my tires over pretty badly, and I needed a caution to start next to him again," said Edwards, explaining that a problem with the right front tyre getting caught on a fender also caused a hold-up. "But Kyle and those guys definitely earned it."
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