Edwards recovers to win Nationwide race in Atlanta

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HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) - Carl Edwards worked his way from the back of the pack after a penalty in a pit stop early in the race and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

Starting from the pole, Edwards led the first 43 laps before being penalized for having equipment out of his team's allotted space during a pit stop. He went to the back of the field but quickly moved his way through the pack.

Edwards won a battle with Kevin Harvick for the lead after the sixth caution ended with 19 laps remaining.

Nationwide points leader Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came out of the restart in sixth but quickly moved up, passing Busch for second before finishing third.

Harvick finished fourth and Kasey Kahne was fifth after winning the pole for Sunday night's Sprint Cup race.

Edwards has 35 career Nationwide victories, two in Atlanta.

"It's a big win for us," Edwards said. "I can't believe we won the pole and the race."

Brad Keselowski, back in the Nationwide series for the first time since breaking his left ankle in an Aug. 3 crash while testing at Road Atlanta, finished seventh. He has won two Cup races since the injury.

Reed Sorenson, third in points, and Trevor Bayne were knocked both out of the race in a collision with 25 laps to go. Sorenson was bumped by his teammate, Justin Allgaier, to cause the wreck.

Allgaier finished sixth and said he would apologize to Sorenson.


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