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Carl Edwards Steals Final Lap Victory From Marcos Ambrose

Sports Betting News - August 31st, 2009 - Written by Glen

carl edwardsThe NAPA Auto Parts 200 had a surprising twist in the last minute of the race that lasted nearly four hours. Marcos Ambrose, who was the favored winner, ended up losing the race to Carl Edwards after the former made a small mistake that would cost him the victory. Edwards had beaten Ambrose with a margin of .393-seconds.

Edwards had been on the tail of Ambrose for some time, but Ambrose took turn 13 wrong, sending him wide out. A curb was jumped in the apex of turn 14, causing him to lose his headway, allowing Edwards to snake past for the victory. Ambrose and his Toyota still managed to capture second, but the loss was largely upsetting for the Australian. Andrew Ranger, who kept neck and neck with Edwards (until the clutch moment where Edwards stormed the finish line), managed to capture third place.

Jacques Villeneuve, a native of Quebec, ran fourth place in the race. Villeneuve had not made even one top five in the 2008 Nationwide series, making this fourth place nothing short of a victory. Behind Villeneuve was Brad Keselowski, who secured his grip on his point total, solidifying his third place ranking in the Series.

Kyle Busch, who was coming off of a first place victory in the Sharpie 500, ended up in 10th place. Edwards is in second place in points for the Nationwide Series, just down by 248 against Busch.

Edwards was scheduled to win at +450, providing a nice pay out for those who placed their money on his line. Ambrose had +150, denoting what was an obvious win. The wet conditions, the determination of the drivers, and the last minute victory made this an astounding race. Had Ambrose made his error earlier on in the race, he may have been able to recover, but the time of the failure was catastrophic, allowing Edwards the victory.

September Fifth marks the next Nationwide event, the Degree V12 300, in Atlanta.

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