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Nationwide - Michigan - Race and qualifying

Carl Edwards saw off a challenge from his young Roush Fenway team mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr to claim victory after a string of three second places, with Kyle Busch in third place.
Carl Edwards claimed his fourth win of the 2011 Nationwide Series with victory in the Alliance Truck Parts 250 Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway over his Roush Fenway team mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

It's Edwards' 33rd Nationwide Series career win in 226 starts. He led on five different occasions for a total of 62 of the 125 laps. He had a 1s lead over Stenhouse Jr. on lap 93 when a caution came out for a spin by Paul Menard, and the pit stops saw Mark Martin take the lead as he had been on pit lane when the yellow came out. Edwards soon took the lead back at the restart but was ousted by Stenhouse on lap 104.

It took Edwards another 13 laps to retake the lead, and once he had it there was no further doubt as he went on to claim the chequered flag. Stenhouse came second, taking over the points lead in the Nationwide title battle from Elliott Sadler - who finished eighth - in the process.

"Ricky Stenhouse is a driving machine!" said Edwards. "I didn't think I was going to get by Ricky. I cannot drive any harder than that. That was as hard as I could drive to get by him. He is going to be a force to be reckoned with."

"We just got too tight," said Stenhouse of his final laps. "Our Tender Ridge Mustang was pretty good on the short run. It just got too tight. [Carl] was fast all day and it was fun to battle with him. I wish we could have finished the other way around."

Trevor Bayne finished in fifth place behind Kyle Busch and Paul Menard, despite an incident in pit lane with Kenny Wallace.

"I was following the #09 into the pit box and we were out at the wall and all of a sudden he stopped and turned his back," explained Bayne. "I think it was a real tight squeeze for him and I got into him because I didn't get slowed up in time ... They fixed it up pretty good but it had a lot of drag on it. To come out of here with a fifth place finish is really good."

Race results

1. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 125 laps Running (0pts)
2. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 125 laps Running (43/1 pts)
3. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 125 laps Running (0pts)
4. #33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 125 laps Running (0pts)
5. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 125 laps Running (40/1 pts)
6. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 125 laps Running (0pts)
7. #32 Mark Martin Chevrolet 125 laps Running (0pts)
8. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 125 laps Running (37/1 pts)
9. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 125 laps Running (0pts)
10. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 125 laps Running (34/0 pts)
11. #30 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 125 laps Running (33/0 pts)
12. #70 David Stremme Chevrolet 125 laps Running (0pts)
13. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 125 laps Running (31/0 pts)
14. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 125 laps Running (30/0 pts)
15. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 125 laps Running (29/0 pts)
16. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 125 laps Running (28/0 pts)
17. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 125 laps Running (27/0 pts)
18. #164 David Reutimann Toyota 125 laps Running (0pts)
19. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 124 laps Running (25/0 pts)
20. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 124 laps Running (24/0 pts)
21. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 124 laps Running (23/0 pts)
22. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 124 laps Running (22/0 pts)
23. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 124 laps Running (21/0 pts)
24. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 123 laps Running (21/1 pts)
25. #81 Blake Koch * Dodge 123 laps Running (19/0 pts)
26. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 123 laps Running (18/0 pts)
27. #15 Timmy Hill * Ford 123 laps Running (17/0 pts)
28. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 121 laps Running (16/0 pts)
29. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 121 laps Running (15/0 pts)
30. #40 Charles Lewandoski * Chevrolet 121 laps Running (14/0 pts)
31. #103 Robert Richardson Jr. Chevrolet 120 laps Running (13/0 pts)
32. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb * Ford 120 laps Running (12/0 pts)
33. #39 Danny Efland Ford 119 laps Running (11/0 pts)
34. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 95 laps Electrical (10/0 pts)
35. #141 Carl Long Chevrolet 27 laps Rear End (9/0 pts)
36. #168 Matthew Carter Chevrolet 17 laps Overheating (8/0 pts)
37. #23 Scott Riggs Dodge 15 laps Engine (7/0 pts)
38. #175 Andy Ponstein Ford 7 laps Vibration (0pts)
39. #174 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 5 laps Vibration (0pts)
40. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 2 laps Brakes (0pts)
41. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 2 laps Vibration (3/0 pts)
42. #52 Tony Raines Chevrolet 2 laps Electrical (0pts)
43. #49 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 1 laps Vibration (1/0 pts)

Qualifying times

Paul Menard put in a scorching lap in qualifying to trounce Sam Hornish Jr. for pole by over 1mph, with a laptime of 39.554s for the two miles around Michigan International Speedway.

It's Paul Menard's third Nationwide pole in 168 starts - his last pole position was at Talladega in April 2005. He becomes the seventh different driver to win a Nationwide pole in 2011, and has made only two starts in the series this season.

Carl Edwards and Aric Almirola formed up the second row, with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Elliott Sadler taking up residence on the third, while Trevor Bayne started from seventh as he continues his return after extended medical leave for an undiagnosed condition.

1. #33 Paul Menard Chevrolet 39.554s (Leader) 182.030mph
2. #12 Sam Hornish Jr. Dodge 39.867s (-0.313) 180.600mph
3. #60 Carl Edwards Ford 39.985s (-0.431) 180.068mph
4. #88 Aric Almirola Chevrolet 40.097s (-0.543) 179.565mph
5. #6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Ford 40.156s (-0.602) 179.301mph
6. #2 Elliott Sadler Chevrolet 40.210s (-0.656) 179.060mph
7. #16 Trevor Bayne Ford 40.221s (-0.667) 179.011mph
8. #22 Brad Keselowski Dodge 40.308s (-0.754) 178.625mph
9. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 40.317s (-0.763) 178.585mph
10. #70 David Stremme Chevrolet 40.420s (-0.866) 178.130mph
11. #32 Mark Martin Chevrolet 40.424s (-0.870) 178.112mph
12. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 40.435s (-0.881) 178.064mph
13. #31 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 40.501s (-0.947) 177.773mph
14. #66 Steve Wallace Toyota 40.512s (-0.958) 177.725mph
15. #30 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40.531s (-0.977) 177.642mph
16. #11 Brian Scott Toyota 40.542s (-0.988) 177.594mph
17. #19 Mike Bliss Chevrolet 40.551s (-0.997) 177.554mph
18. #81 Blake Koch* Dodge 40.617s (-1.063) 177.266mph
19. #09 Kenny Wallace Toyota 40.640s (-1.086) 177.165mph
20. #168 Matthew Carter Chevrolet 40.692s (-1.138) 176.939mph
21. #62 Michael Annett Toyota 40.722s (-1.168) 176.809mph
22. #38 Jason Leffler Chevrolet 40.727s (-1.173) 176.787mph
23. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 40.766s (-1.212) 176.618mph
24. #49 Dennis Setzer Chevrolet 40.815s (-1.261) 176.406mph
25. #7 Josh Wise Chevrolet 40.864s (-1.310) 176.194mph
26. #39 Danny Efland Ford 40.897s (-1.343) 176.052mph
27. #01 Mike Wallace Chevrolet 40.907s (-1.353) 176.009mph
28. #164 David Reutimann Toyota 40.940s (-1.386) 175.867mph
29. #51 Jeremy Clements Chevrolet 40.973s (-1.419) 175.725mph
30. #174 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 41.110s (-1.556) 175.140mph
31. #40 Charles Lewandoski* Chevrolet 41.151s (-1.597) 174.965mph
32. #44 Jeff Green Chevrolet 41.183s (-1.629) 174.829mph
33. #14 Eric McClure Chevrolet 41.206s (-1.652) 174.732mph
34. #142 Tim Andrews Chevrolet 41.409s (-1.855) 173.875mph
35. #28 Derrike Cope Chevrolet 41.437s (-1.883) 173.758mph
36. #113 Jennifer Jo Cobb* Ford 41.447s (-1.893) 173.716mph
37. #141 Carl Long Chevrolet 41.459s (-1.905) 173.665mph
38. #89 Morgan Shepherd Chevrolet 41.503s (-1.949) 173.481mph
39. #15 Timmy Hill* Ford 41.618s (-2.064) 173.002mph
40. #175 Andy Ponstein Ford 41.680s (-2.126) 172.745mph
41. #103 Robert Richardson Jr.+ Chevrolet 41.693s (-2.139) 172.691mph
42. #52 Tony Raines+ Chevrolet
43. #23 Scott Riggs Dodge 42.394s (-2.840) 169.835mph

Did Not Qualify

44. #146 Chase Miller Chevrolet 41.775s (-2.221) 172.352mph
45. #55 Brett Rowe Chevrolet 41.777s (-2.223) 172.344mph

* denotes rookie
+ set by owner points



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