With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off this past weekend, several Cup drivers decided to add a little more racing to their schedule at Nashville for the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Missouri native Carl Edwards beat out Kyle Busch for the win in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
on April 23rd by .521-second for his first Nashville win since 2007.
Edwards passed Busch with 35 laps to go as both drivers battled side by side with each other after a restart on lap 181. Cup series drivers Brad Keselowski finished third and Joey Logano finished fourth.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. finished fifth and moved into a tie for first place in the point standings with Justin Allgaier.
Busch had been looking for a weekend sweep, which would have been a first for Nashville, after he took the checkered flag in Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Busch beat out Ron Hornaday, Jr. with two laps to go after a series of yellow flags. Busch led all but four laps when Hornaday was able to take the lead for a short time until Max Papis lost control of his Toyota on lap 142. Busch’s win gives him back-to-back wins at Nashville.
In NASCAR’s three national series, Busch has now lead over 20,000 laps in his career.
Hornaday finished fourth while Nelson Piquet, Jr., a rookie of the year contender, and Timothy Peters finished second and third, respectively. James Buescher rounded out the top five. Matt Crafton finished sixth and moved within four points of the point leader Johnny Sauter, the 2010 O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 winner at Kansas Speedway, who finished seventh.
The Truck Series takes the upcoming weekend off but the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series return to action for Friday and Saturday night racing at Richmond. The Nationwide Series race will be on SPEED Channel at 6:30 PM (CT) and Sprint Cup Series race will be at 6:30 PM (CT) on FOX.
All events at Kansas Speedway, including the upcoming O’Reilly Auto Parts 250 and STP 400 at Kansas Speedway June 4-5, are currently on sale and tickets can be purchased by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or by visiting www.kansasspeedway.com. Parking is free and fans can bring in one 14x14x14 soft-sided cooler filled with their favorite foods and beverages.