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Nationwide: Concrete Carl monsters the mile

It was an uneventful run to the finish from there, Edwards completely safe in the lead as he went on to claim his 36th Nationwide victory, and Brad Keselowski able to hold off a late charge from Clint Bowyer to stay a full second in front of the #33 for the runners-up position.

About the only thing that wasn't inch-perfect for Edwards all afternoon was his trademark celebrations on the start/finish line: "Everything went great, other than my backflip, which was terrible. I was nervous about doing it on the banking, but it was just an awesome day."

With Kasey Kahne taking fourth place, the highest-placed Nationwide Series regulars eligible for championship points were Edwards' Roush Fenway stablemates Rickey Stenhouse Jr. and Trevor Bayne in fifth and sixth respectively, with Sorenson holding on to seventh place ahead of Ryan Truex and Mike Bliss.

"Man, I wanted a top five, you work hard for these things to get top fives and top threes and wins," said Bayne. "We ran up front most of the day there, the last 150 laps, and then we had a bad caution and almost got a lap down there in the pits and we kept going instead of pitting. We lost a few spots of track position and never really got those back."

In the Nationwide championship, that puts Stenhouse on 1025pts, in the lead by 22pts over Elliott Sadler. Sorenson is on 976pts, Aric Almirola on 951pts after an average finish of 15th at Dover, and Justin Allgaier on 939pts as the championship starts to look rather settled and decided with just five more rounds before the end of the 2011 season.

"I think we're in control for sure, but we've got to control what we do," said Stenhouse about the championship. "We've got to not make mistakes. We've got to bring good, fast race cars to the race track ... I think we've got a race team that's pretty determined to win this thing."

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