FORT WORTH, Tex. — Carl Edwards denied Kyle Busch a piece of NASCAR history on Saturday by winning the Nationwide series O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.
Busch was two laps away from an unheard-of sixth consecutive Nationwide victory at Texas when Edwards just took off on the green-white-checker re-start to win by about 10 car lengths.
But the win in the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford over Busch’s No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota couldn’t deny another milestone moment at the 1.5-mile TMS oval.
With his third-place finish in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, Brad Keselowski brought legendary Roger Penske his very first NASCAR championship.
Penske, who has won the Indianapolis 500 a record 15 times and 11 Indy series championships, was his usual unruffled self in victory lane.
“What a terrific season it has been for Brad and the No. 22 Dodge team in the Nationwide Series,” Penske said.
Keselowski was hoping he would be able to stamp his first Nationwide championship with a win but was happy to bring Penske his first NASCAR title.
“It’s pretty awesome,” Keselowski said. “He (Penske) is the Captain. I’m not sure how many (overall) wins that he has, I can’t think of anybody that has more.
“This one was awesome and it’s incredible that we were able to get him a championship.”
Joey Logano finished fourth, followed by Martin Truex Jr.
Amidst all of the hoopla, Danica Patrick finished a respectable 22nd, three laps down in the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Patrick had been clipped in the front end by the No. 6 RFR Ford of Jason Stenhouse Jr. on Lap 11 to go two laps down and never recovered.