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Lap-by-Lap: Watkins Glen

August 11, 2012, ,

Lap 82 -- CHECKERED FLAG: As Carl Edwards eases away with the lead, Brad Keselowski has Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. trying hard for second place. That allows Edwards to sail to the victory, the first for Roush Fenway Racing in Nationwide Series competition at Watkins Glen. The victory comes in Edwards' first start of the year in the division.

Lap 81 -- GREEN FLAG: Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Busch are the leaders. Keselowski makes a hard run for the lead on the outside of the last corner, but loses his momentum.

Lap 77 -- Joey Logano's engine may have dropped a valve.

Lap 76 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 5: Austin Dillon has a right-front tire blow after making contact with Michael Annett going into the inner loop. Just before the caution, Carl Edwards had rushed back by Brad Keselowski for the lead.

Lap 75 -- Joey Logano blows past Kyle Busch for sixth place. Coming off the last turn, Brad Keselowski gives Carl Edwards a little bit of a bump to re-claim the lead.

Lap 74 -- Brad Keselowski is closing back in on Carl Edwards for the lead. Also, Kyle Busch is coming after Ricky Stenhouse Jr. for fifth place.

Lap 73 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. bull rushed his way into fifth place on that restart. Sam Hornish Jr. and Stenhouse then get past Kyle Busch for third and fourth, respectively.

Lap 72 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kasey Kahne are the leaders. There are 10 laps to go. Keselowski cleared for the lead in Turn 1, but Edwards takes the top spot coming through the esses.

Lap 70 -- Crew chief Mike Beam says that Kyle Busch now has an issue with his throttle sticking. Uh-oh.

Lap 69 -- Dale Jarrett just asked ESPN in-race reporter Carl Edwards if he had a problem with using a bumper to get past Brad Keselowski for the lead. Hmmmmmm ... Edwards didn't hesitate to use the chrome horn on Kyle Busch and Joey Logano!

Lap 68 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 4: Cole Whitt pastes the retaining guardrail getting into the inner loop.

Lap 67 -- Brad Keselowski leads Kyle Busch for 1.2 seconds. Carl Edwards has gotten past Kyle Busch for second, and when Sam Hornish Jr. tries to get around Busch as well, they make contact.

Lap 65 -- Joey Logano hasn't been able to catch Carl Edwards. Dang it. We need some fireworks!

Lap 64 -- The top five are Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

Lap 63 -- Carl Edwards is trying hard to get past Kyle Busch for second place.

Lap 62 -- Twenty laps to go.

Lap 60 -- GREEN FLAG: Kyle Busch makes a banzai move into Turn 1 to take second place. Brad Keselowski comes out on top of the scramble for the lead.

Lap 59 -- Joey Logano is displeased with Carl Edwards. He tells his crew, "Tell Carl to bite me." Logano adds that if he's able to get back to Edwards, he'll "dump him." Well ... alrighty then.

Lap 57 -- Miguel Paludo, Justin Allgaier and others who haven't yet pitted are making their stops. Joey Logano, who spun a few laps ago, is also pitting. Paul Menard's crew is changing to its third battery of the day.

Lap 56 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 3: Joe Nemechek's car has stalled in the inner loop.

Lap 54 -- Miguel Paludo, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Truex, Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace have not pitted yet. They're shown as the top five. Joey Logano spins in the last corner after contact with Carl Edwards.

Lap 53 -- Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Elliott Sadler and Ron Fellows make their stops.

Lap 52 -- Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hornish Jr. and others are pitting. There are 30 laps remaining. Kahne takes fuel only. The leader is Kyle Busch.

Lap 51 -- Sam Hornish Jr. is maybe five car lengths behind fourth-place Carl Edwards. Michael Annett is pitting after getting off the track in the inner loop.

Lap 49 -- Brad Keselowski's lead over Kyle Busch is now up to 2.1 seconds. Also, Kasey Kahne has made an off-track excursion. He continues on, however.

Lap 48 -- Kyle Busch has Joey Logano and Carl Edwards hot on his rear bumper for second place. So far, he's managed to hold on to the spot.

Lap 47 -- Brad Keselowski has a lead of about 10 car lengths over Kyle Busch, who is still running second despite the shifter problem.

Lap 46 -- Speaking of shifters, Elliott Sadler has heavily taped and bandaged his right hand ... just in case.

Lap 44 -- Kyle Busch has broken the shifter in his Toyota. That's obviously going to make the rest of the day tough if a repair isn't make.

Lap 43 -- GREEN FLAG: Brad Keselowski, Carl Edwards, Joey Logano, Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Busch lead the field to the restart. Keselowski jumps into the lead, and Kyle Busch scrambles past Edwards and Logano for second place.

Lap 41 -- Halfway!

Lap 40 -- Kasey Kahen and Austin Dillon are on pit road.

Lap 39 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 2: Alex Kennedy crashes in Turn 3, and Austin Dillon spins to avoid him. Dillon will also be penalized for not stopping the lap before when he missed the inner loop. He was trying to avoid the spinning car of Kenny Habul.

Lap 38 -- Alex Kennedy's pit stop handed third place over to Joey Logano. Sam Hornish Jr. is fourth and Kyle Busch fifth.

Lap 37 -- Brad Keselowski's lead over Carl Edwards now stands at 5.2 seconds.

Lap 36 -- Alex Kennedy has finally made his visit to pit road.

Lap 35 -- The top five is separated by 9.2 seconds.

Lap 34 -- Kyle Busch is now in sixth place.

Lap 32 -- Carl Edwards gets past Alex Kennedy for second place, but he's about four seconds behind leader Brad Keselowski.

Lap 31 -- Alex Kennedy is still hanging on to second place, but he has still not entered pit road.

Lap 30 -- Danica Patrick is officially out of the race. It's her sixth DNF of the season.

Lap 29 -- Brad Keselowski flashes past Alex Kennedy for the lead in the esses.

Lap 28 -- After the cycle of stops, the top five is Alex Kennedy, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Truex, Joey Logano and Carl Edwards.

Lap 27 -- It's not a gauge problem. Paul Menard is back on pit road to change the battery in his Chevrolet.

Lap 25 -- Alex Kennedy has not stopped yet, so he's shown as the leader. Good for him!

Lap 24 -- Sam Hornish Jr. drops out of the lead to pit. Cole Whitt has to slam on his brakes to avoid making contact with another car, and it puts him in very bad position for his stop.

Lap 23 -- Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Kyle Busch are pitting.

Lap 22 -- Sam Hornish Jr. and Carl Edwards have still not pitted. Paul Menard is making his stop. His gauges show that he has no voltage, so it may just be an instrumentation problem.

Lap 21 -- Brad Keselowski gives up the lead to hit pit road. Michael Annett and Austin Dillon are also in.

Lap 20 -- Joey Logano is pitting. Carl Edwards is closing on Sam Hornish Jr. for second place.

Lap 19 -- Seventh-place Elliott Sadler isn't happy with his air pressure in his tires. He says they feel like they're flat. Justin Allgaier is on pit road.

Lap 18 -- Brad Keselowski has scooted away from second-place Sam Hornish Jr. by several car lengths. Meanwhile, Kyle Busch is now up to ninth place.

Lap 16 -- The top-five drivers are Brad Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr., Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and Paul Menard.

Lap 15 -- Kyle Busch has gained 31 spots since the start of the race. He's currently shown in 11th place.

Lap 13 -- Matthew Bell has hammered the wall. He's trying to limp around the track back to pit road. There's no caution.

Lap 12 -- Brad Keselowski grabs the top spot from Penske Racing teammate Sam Hornish Jr. Carl Edwards is right behind them in third place.

Lap 11 -- Brad Keselowski took a long, hard look at taking the lead from Sam Hornish Jr. headed into Turn 1, but then he loses ground going through the esses.

Lap 10 -- GREEN FLAG: Sam Hornish Jr., Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski, Paul Menard and Joey Logano are the leaders on the restart. Hornish clears for the lead going into Turn 1, while Keselowski is able to get position on Carl Edwards for second place.

Lap 7 -- There are no takers for pit road.

Lap 6 -- YELLOW FLAG NO. 1: Alex Popov has tagged the guardrail at the top of the esses.

Lap 6 -- Danica Patrick has taken her car to the garage.

Lap 5 -- With Brad Keselowski still in tow, Carl Edwards has been taking a peek or two at Sam Hornish Jr. for the lead.

Lap 4 -- Brad Keselowski is working Carl Edwards over for second place.

Lap 3 -- Replays from the first-lap incident show that Ryan Truex ducked to the inside at the start-finish line, and then spun at the bottom of the hill entering Turn 1. Danica Patrick couldn't avoid making contact.

Lap 2 -- The hood buckled on her Chevrolet, Danica Patrick hits pit road to get it repaired. There's also substantial damage to the nose of her car.

Lap 1 -- GREEN FLAG: The race gets under way at 2:39 p.m. ET. Cars fan out three wide into Turn 1. Ryan Truex spins, and Danica Patrick hits him. There's no caution. Sam Hornish Jr. is the leader.

2:36 p.m. ET -- Going green next time by the starter's stand!

2:29 p.m. ET -- The field is beginning to roll off pit road for the start of the pace laps.

2:26 p.m. ET -- This just in. David Cook will be starting the car qualified by Daryl Harr! OK ... not really. But he DID get to do everything else.

2:24 p.m. ET -- David Cook is back for more. Not only did he sing the national anthem, he's now giving the command to fire engines.

2:17 p.m. ET -- 2008 American Idol winner David Cook is singing the national anthem.

2:16 p.m. ET -- Rev. David Fife of Bentley Creek Wesleyan Church is giving the invocation.

2:05 p.m. ET -- Sam Hornish Jr. is on the pole for the Zippo 200. Carl Edwards, Paul Menard, Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch will start second through fifth, while Joey Logano, Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier, Brian Scott and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. round out the top 10.

John Young, Ryan Ellis, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin (he ain't from around here, is he?) and Derek White failed to qualify for the event.

10 a.m. ET -- Qualifying has started for Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Watkins Glen. We're turning left AND right!