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NNS: Edwards Wins For Ford At Road America

Carl Edwards is back to backflipping.

Edwards turned in a dominant performance Saturday in the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Road America, winning the Bucyrus 200 by four seconds over Ron Fellows.

LINK> UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: BUCYRUS 200 - ROAD AMERICAPDF> UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: BUCYRUS 200 - ROAD AMERICA

In scoring Ford’s first NASCAR major series win of the season and ending a long personal winless streak, Edwards led 35 of the race’s 50 laps. Before rolling into victory lane, he stopped his car and performed the backflip he reserves for victory celebrations.

“The [Roush Fenway Racing] guys built a great race car,” Edwards said. “To race with Jacques Villeneuve all day and hold off Ron Fellows at the end, it’s just cool.

“I tried to do everything I could to do it right at the end. I heard noises in the transmission and thought third gear was coming apart, but it held together.”

Edwards led 25 of the first 30 laps and wasn’t challenged at the front for most of the first half.

He took the lead for good with nine laps to go when he slipped past Villeneuve, a former Formula One champion, on a restart to drop Villeneuve to second.

Villeneuve was trying to hold onto the lead despite a left front tire rub that was spraying smoke behind his car. With one lap to go, he fell out of the lead group with an engine problem.

Fellows, a road-course veteran, finished second and was followed by Brendan Gaughan, Brad Keselowski and Owen Kelly.

A relative rarity – a red flag on a road course – set up the race’s closing portion.

A 10-car crash in the 14-turn track’s sixth turn produced the red flag. Shortly after a green-flag restart with the field bunched, contact in the sharp left turn prompted mayhem. In the center of the pile, Robb Brent slammed into the back of Tony Raines’ car, shooting the rear of the car into the air.

Traffic scrambled to avoid the incident, but 10 cars were left with a variety of damages.

There was so much wreckage in the turn area that NASCAR put the field under a red flag and needed 30 minutes to work the cleanup.

When the yellow flag appeared, some leaders pitted for tires and/or fuel, while others stayed on the track and gambled that their fuel would last to the end of the race.

Strategies went out the window, however, as a gaggle of cautions pockmarked the second half of the race. Ragged racing sent cars spinning and off the track on numerous occasions, and Edwards wound up with the lead as the final green flag was unfurled with three to go.

Villeneuve fell back with trouble, and Fellows, who inherited second, couldn’t challenge Edwards for the win.

LINK> UNOFFICIAL RESULTS: BUCYRUS 200 - ROAD AMERICAPDF> UNOFFICIAL DRIVER POINTS: BUCYRUS 200 - ROAD AMERICA

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEEDtv.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.