Edwards Outduels Busch To Tie Ingram

Lee Montgomery Saturday, Apr 23 1738

Carl Edwards returned to victory lane at Nashville Superspeedway for the first time since 2007, winning Saturday’s Nashville 300 Nationwide Series race.

The victory was Edwards’ second of the season and 31st of his career, tying him for fourth all time with NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Jack Ingram.

Edwards had won three Nationwide races in a row in 2006-07 but went six races at Nashville without winning again. His four Nashville victories are tops among all drivers at the 1.33-mile track.

Edwards surged past Kyle Busch as the two dueled for the lead with 35 laps to go. Busch was gunning for a weekend sweep after his victory in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race.

Edwards led Lap 189 of 225, and he and Busch raced side by side for more than three laps, exchanging the top spot three times.

Once clear of Busch, Edwards inched away and beat Busch by about 10 car lengths.

Busch finished second, with Brad Keselowski third and Joey Logano fourth as Sprint Cup regulars swept the top four spots in the Nationwide Series’ first stand-alone race of the season. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was  fifth for the best finish among Nationwide regulars.