Carl Edwards has now made the cross country commute to Wisconsin for the third year in a row now. It seems to be a worth while trek as Edwards won the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Road America on Saturday.
Edwards got past Jaqcues Villeneuve after a restart with nine laps to go to get his third straight win in the Nationwide series’ annual trip to Wisconsin. The celebration was short lived, as Edwards had to catch a flight to California so he could race in Sunday’s Sprint Cup race. He said the win was well worth the hassle of pulling double duty.
“For sure!,” he said. “What else was I going to be doing this afternoon, a vineyard or something? I’d much rather be here.”
Villeneuve, who was the 1997 Formula One champion and 1995 Indianapolis 500 winner, appeared to be on the verge of getting the win. After a restart with 12 laps remaining, he moved from eighth to first in half a lap. Edwards was right behind him and Villeneuve’s tire started smoking. Another crash would then bring another caution and he took a restart with nine laps to go and wasn’t sure if his tire would hold up. Edwards then took the lead in Turn 1 and never looked back. Villeneuve then had electrical problems that cost him a possible second place finish.
“It was actually a lot more fun than expected,” Villeneuve said. “The cars drove really well around the course and it was a fun race. It was obviously a lot different than the last time I was here, but it was fun out there today.”
Ron Fellows finished second on Saturday followed by Brendan Gaughan in third. After a restart with three laps remaining, caused by yet another wreck, Fellows was able to pass Gaughan to earn him his second place finish. Despite finishing third, Gaughan seemed to be pleased with the race.
“To be racing against Jacques Villeneuve and Ron Fellows on a road course?,” Gaughan said. “I was having the time of my life.”
Brad Keselowski finished fourth which was good enough to keep his series points lead. Justin Allgaier, who is in third in the Nationwide series points standings, had a rough day on the track. He ran off the track in just the second lap of the race and had to make a trip to the garage. He eventually re-entered the race and finished 35th.