Carl Edwards held off Zephyrhills' David Reutimann to win the Kroger on Track for the Cure 250 on Saturday, keeping alive his hopes for consecutive NASCAR Nationwide Series titles.
Edwards, who missed qualifying at Memphis Motorsports Park because of practice for today's Sprint Cup race in Atlanta, started 34th in his No. 60 Ford but made an early stop for tires and gained ground quickly. He took the lead from Mike Bliss on Lap 69, and never trailed after that.
Reutimann kept his Toyota on Edwards' bumper for the final two laps, but couldn't overtake him for the lead.
Edwards pulled within 116 points of series leader Clint Bowyer. Three races remain.
Kenny Wallace finished third, his best series finish since 2005.
Earlier in the day, 18-year-old James Buescher, in his sixth career Nationwide Series start, took the pole with a lap of 117.591 mph in the Braun Racing Toyota. He is the third-youngest polesitter in series history (18 years, 214 days), behind Casey Atwood and Logano. He finished 19th.
NEWMAN HOLDS ON:Ryan Newman passed Ron Hornaday in Turn 2 on the last lap at Atlanta Motor Speedway to win in his first Truck Series start. Newman and Hornaday, both driving for Kevin Harvick Inc., traded the lead twice in the final eight laps. Hornaday, battling for the series championship, couldn't afford to push the issue. "Second stinks," said Hornaday, who started trailing Johnny Benson by 65 points and got within 31. Three races remain.