Published on November 16th, 2009 | by Michael J Smith0
Edwards Rolls To Victory; Delays Inevitable
Carl Edwards delayed the inevitable for one week with his victory in the Nationwide Series’ Able Body Labor 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch left the race with a 190-point lead, which means that all he needs to do is start the series’ finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and he will clinch the championship.
Top 5: Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Reed Sorenson, Clint Bowyer, and Brad Keselowski.
David Ragan, Matt Kenseth, Mike Bliss, Kyle Busch, and Steve Wallace rounded out the top 10.
Notables: Jason Keller (11th), Denny Hamlin (12th), Justin Allgaier (16th), Kenny Wallace (17th), David Reutimann (18th), Brendan Gaughan (19th), Mike Wallace (22nd), and Paul Menard (30th).
During the race, the Keselowski-Hamlin fued reared its ugly head again. On lap 157, Hamlin appeared to make contact with Keselowski sending him up the track. Hamlin ducked below him and made the pass.
Keselowski caught up to him and retaliated, sending Hamlin up the track. Hamlin spun, but managed to avoid hitting the wall. He did have to pit, though.
On the last restart there, Denny got into the back of me and pushed me up the track. I was going to return the favor. When he did it to me, I saved it. When I did it to him, he didn’t save it. We just got into a pushing match. I don’t really don’t hold any grudges. I don’t know why he wanted to do that. But whatever, that’s just how racing is, I guess.To me, I was over it. I’m focused on running the No. 88 Junior Motorsports car and trying to run up front, chase down Carl [in the standings] and finish second in points. I haven’t put a lot of thought into [the rivalry], but apparently he has.
I can sit here and bash him for the next 20 seconds or so and give you all a bunch of sound bites but I’m just happy that I signed up for next week’s Nationwide race, and you know in turn, there’s a lot of guys that owe him. There’s a lot of guys that have a lot of chips that they’re going to cash in, I’m just going to be the first to the pay window.
See the incident:
Denny Hamlin spoke with NASCAR president Mike Helton about Keselowski. Later, Hamlin had a talk with Keselowski. The discussion was said to have been animated but civil.