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Carl Edwards speeds to second-place finish at Kentucky Speedway

By Lee Montgomery
lee.montgomery@nnsracing.com

SPARTA, Ky. – Carl Edwards was in a hurry at Kentucky Speedway on Saturday night, both during the Meijer 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, and after it.

Storms were approaching, and Edwards was ready to fly back to Michigan International Speedway.

"I just want to beat that storm, guys," Edwards said at his postrace press conference. "I’m not that good of a pilot."

Some would debate that, for Edwards certainly was a good pilot during the race. In fact, he might have been the best down the stretch. Leader Joey Logano was gunning for his third consecutive Kentucky win from the pole, but Edwards’ No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford was suddenly catching Logano in the closing laps.

"I thought we had something for him," Edwards said. "I don’t think more laps were going to help. The trick was I had a better line going than him."

Logano was taken by surprise at first, but kept talking to his Joe Gibbs Racing crew.

"My car was pretty good. I don’t know how he was catching me," Logano said. "I felt like we were going pretty fast here. I was asking for as much information as I could get inside the car, just to see where he was running, where he was beating me, what’s going on. He was running a little bit higher than me, so I moved up and tried to take the air away and force him to run the bottom. That was the right move, because when that happened, I was able to pull back away a little bit."

Edwards had closed on Logano’s rear bumper as the checkered flag loomed, but once Logano moved up a groove, he inched away.

"Once he realized that was faster, he moved up, and then I couldn’t get him," Edwards said. "He just did a really good job of driving smart. He did a great job, and their car was a little faster."

Edwards, though, was pleased with his Ford. Expected to contend for the Nationwide Series title this year, Edwards hasn’t exactly had a stellar season.

But Kentucky marked his second runner-up finish in a row.

"I’m just really proud of my guys," Edwards said. "That’s two weeks in a row we finished second. We’ve been fast, we’ve been one of the fastest cars on the race track. We’ve still got some things we can work on, but my last two years here have just been embarrassing. So I’m really, really glad we ran well."