Just what he needed? Carl Edwards wins Watkins Glen Nationwide race

Nick Bromberg
From the Marbles

Is this the catalyst for a charge to the Chase for Carl Edwards?

Edwards, making his first start of the season in the Nationwide Series, seized the lead from one-time nemesis Brad Keselowski after a restart with nine laps to go and then held off Keselowski on a furious two-lap dash for the win at Watkins Glen.

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After finishing second to Tony Stewart via wins at the end of last year's Sprint Cup season, Edwards decided not to run any Nationwide races this season to focus on the Sprint Cup Series. Last season, Edwards won eight races in 33 Nationwide Series starts.

"This is huge for us. ... It's nice to be in victory lane," Edwards said, as he rattled off his multitude of sponsors.

Through 21 races in the Cup Series, Edwards is 12th in the points standings, 60 points out of 10th. Plus, he's winless, so that means his likeliest way to the Chase is through victory lane, a place he hadn't been in since the October Charlotte Nationwide race. Yeah, his victory backflip, albeit successful, was admittedly a little ugly. But that's A-OK for Edwards, and it could be the boost he's looking for to go for the Cup championship again.

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