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Edwards wins Nationwide race at Dover

DAN GELSTON
The Associated Press

DOVER, Del. – Carl Edwards was sure he tapped Joey Logano.

Edwards missed him – and all the mayhem behind him.

Logano lost control on his own and tagged the wall, triggering a wreck-filled final lap that knocked out several contenders and let Edwards win the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Dover International Speedway.

“Man, that’s why they call it the Monster Mile,” Edwards said.

It was a monster of a wreck that ended a thrilling stretch run between Edwards and Logano.

Edwards’ battle with Logano off the final restart of the race turned dangerous in a hurry. Logano got loose and slid up as he tried to scoot around Edwards, and hit the wall, sparking a pile-up that eliminated Clint Bowyer from contention.

Bowyer’s car slid sideways down the concrete track. Debris hit one of Bowyer’s crew. Several other cars were collected.

Edwards instantly thought he hit Logano and caused the accident. But Edwards, who recently announced the birth of his son, never made serious contact and won on the second attempt of a green-white finish.

He refrained from performing his traditional winning backflip off his No. 60 Ford.

“I saw him wiggle and I wasn’t sure if I touched him or not,” Edwards said. “Not the way we wanted to finish the race.”

Maybe not. But he’ll take the result.

Bowyer, who led 37 laps, was lucky the accident wasn’t worse. His car could have sailed over the wall at the track appropriately dubbed the Monster Mile.

“It was certainly pretty wild,” he said. “It was just unfortunate.”

The accident shook up the final results. Kyle Busch was second and Reed Sorenson third. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and David Reutimann round out the top five.

Logano finished 13th and Bowyer 14th. Elliott Sadler took a 10-point lead over Sorenson in the standings.

Busch failed in his bid to tie Mark Martin for first place in career Nationwide victories. He stands on 48.