Carl Edwards wins the Wypall 200 at Phoenix Raceway
Carl Edwards beat Kyle Busch off pit road on the final round of pit stops and led 153 of the 200 laps on his way to dominating the Wypall 200 Saturday afternoon at Phoenix Raceway.
The win marked Edwards' second win in a row at Phoenix.
"The guys have been doing a great job," Edwards said. "Two in a row—that's great. I just can't say enough about Mike Beam, Jack Roush and these guys. That was the best driving car I've had in the Nationwide Series. This was all the car, not the driver."
Kevin Harvick finished second for the third consecutive time.
"Carl's car was great today, fell behind him on the long run," Harvick said. "Great job by these guys as they rebounded well and that's how you got to do it."
Pole sitter Joey Logano finished third after an up-and-down day.
"At the end of practice, I thought we had a good car," Logano said. "At the beginning of the race, the car was so-so. We worked on it and got it good by the end, however we never got it as good as the 60 car."
Series champion Brad Keselowski battled his way through the field to finish fourth. The finish allowed him to close in on the owners' championship point lead.
Penske Racing came in 81 points behind Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 18 team, however after Kyle Busch finished 16th, the gap is now 41 points.
"It's certainly do-able at Miami," Keselowski said. "There's a couple instances where we'd like to have those points back there."
Busch finished 16th after having to make unscheduled pit stop under green for a flat tire.
"It's real unfortunate circumstances today," Busch said. "Not sure what happened besides the right front going down. We had a good car that should've got the win today."
Reed Sorenson rounded out the Top Five in fifth.
The drama for the day was with Aric Almirola, Justin Allgaier and Danica Patrick.
In the closing laps, Almirola and Allgaier were battling for sixth when Almirola got into Allgaier, causing Allgaier to lose ground.
After the race during the cool-down lap, Allgaier got into the side of Almirola's No. 88 Chevrolet, showing his displeasure.
"Can't use this car next week—the 12 car just drove in the side of us." Almirola said over the radio.
Once on the pit road, the two had a discussion, sharing their thoughts on what happened.
"We were on old tires there and we were really used," sixth-place finisher Almirola said. "We had run him down there from a straightaway back and he kept running me down on the door. Instead of crashing myself, I figured eight tires were better than four. I had already crashed myself earlier this year at Kansas 'cause of him."
"I was just trying to hold my own and unfortunately, he got to us," eighth-place finisher Allgaier said. "I thought it was going to be a good race and unfortunately, he got into us. He came up afterwards and said I was chopping down on us. He did the same thing to us at Charlotte and wrecked himself there. That's not how I race. We're parked pretty close in the garage & I know we'll be racing each other all next year so it's unfortunate."
Meanwhile, Patrick had yet another tough day as she finished 32nd after hitting the wall late in the going.
Patrick felt she was getting no respect out on the race track as she came on the radio at one point and asked, "Do I have a target on me?"
During one of the long green flag runs, both Tony Raines and Alex Kennedy made contact with Patrick, causing a significant tire rub. Patrick got back to Kennedy, giving him a shot. Raines apologized after, saying that he got loose under Patrick.
The caution then came out for debris allowing Patrick to come down pit road to fix the damage.
However, during the next one, contact with Michael Annett while racing for 21st resulted in her hitting the wall.
Patrick and the rest of the series still have one more race to run this year—the Ford 300 next Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.