Jun 20, 2011

Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this past weekend at Michigan. He earned Roush Fenway its fifth Nationwide Series win at Michigan, the most of all time.

Edwards knows how to celebrate after a win-first he back-flipped off his No. 60 Ford, and then he grabbed the checkered flag and headed into the stands to celebrate with fans.

Edwards passed his teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with eight laps remaining for the victory.

“It was more work than I thought it was going to be,” said Edwards. “I thought we would be able to drive up there and go by him, but I was mistaken. I really had to drive hard.”

Kyle Busch finished third, while pole sitter Paul Menard and Trevor Bayne completed the top five.

Stenhouse, who is benefitting from NASCAR’s new rules on driver’s declaring which series they want to accumulate points, took top points of the day, and jumped from third to first in the standings, leading Elliott Sadler by two points.

“I guess that is a good thing for us, for sure the championship,” said Stenhouse, who led for 38 laps. “But it doesn’t do anything for us not winning. I feel like earlier in the year we gave wins away, definitely some top fives. We are right there where we need to be. We just have to cap it off.”