Kelly Has Finished Fifth In His NASCAR Nationwide Race Debut at Road America

2010 nns 60 car Kelly Has Finished Fifth In His NASCAR Nationwide Race Debut at Road AmericaAustralian Owen Kelly has finished fifth in his NASCAR Nationwide race debut at Road America. Carl Edwards driving a Ford won the race which was marred by a massive 10 car pile-up which brought out the red flag.Robb Brent slammed into the back of Tony Raines’ car as the field scrambled to avoid the incident. 10 cars were damaged causing NASCAR officials to call the red flag. The race was restarted over 30 minutes later.

Second place in the race went to veteran road course specialist Ron Fellows in a Chevrolet ahead of the Toyota of Brendan Gaughan.

Former F1 World Champion and Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve led late in the race after a sensational move through the field, but mechanical problems saw him fall back to 25th place.

Kelly, who became the ninth Australian driver to start in a major NASCAR race adapted quickly to the big American Stockcars, starting from sixth and racing consistently in the top ten.

For Edwards the win against some of the best road race specialists was one of his most satisfying ever.

“To race with Jacques Villeneuve all day, to hold off Ron Fellows at the end, it’s just cool,” Edwards told ESPN after the race.

The win was also the first for Ford in any major NASCAR competition this season.

There are two more road circuits on the Nationwide Series this season, August 7 at Watkins Glen, New York, and August 29 in Montreal, Canada.

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