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Carl Edwards Wins Nationwide Race At Texas Motor Speedway

Carl Edwards is apparently good at NASCAR at the Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards won the Nationwide race on Friday night, winning the Texas Motor Speedway's Nationwide race for the second consecutive year. 

Edwards was fortunate, though, to avoid an accident that sent main competitor Kyle Busch packing.

Edwards and Busch were running 1-2 on lap 88 when Tim Schendel, nine laps down and last among the 35 cars still running, blew a right front tire coming out of Turn 1.

Schendel shot up the track and basically split the front-runners, barely scrapping the back of Edwards' car. But he was right in front of Busch, who had nowhere to go and hit him full force.

"I was very close," Edwards said. "Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw that car turn. ... I'm glad that I caught it. A split second later, it would have been over."

Edwards, the polesitter, never dropped below third place and led 169 of 200 laps at the 1½-mile, high-banked track.

Ouch. Unfortunate for Busch who had won the past two Nationwide races, but I think he'll be okay. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.