Trevor Bayne (16) celebrates winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevor Bayne earned his first career NASCAR Nationwide victory after he passed dominating teammate Carl Edwards following a tremendous restart with seven laps remaining Saturday at Texas.
Bayne won the Daytona 500 this year but had never won in his previous 76 Nationwide starts in the series where he is a regular for Roush Fenway Racing.
"It's been a long time coming," Bayne said. "That ending there was cool to get to go up against Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin. ... Right before that last caution, I didn't think we were going to have a shot because we were about half a track behind Carl. I thought the car was good, but I just didn't think we'd have enough time."
Edwards, the Cup points leader, led 157 of 200 laps at the 1½-mile, high-banked track. He was still in front on the final restart, when Bayne was fourth.
After helping push Edwards forward, Bayne was able to get around Hamlin, who then passed Edwards as well and finished second while filling in for Kyle Busch.
Bayne was confident his car would be strong for a short run after the last restart.
"We had gained three or four spots every restart all day," he said.
Bayne's victory was owner Jack Roush's 299th NASCAR win and secured Ford's third manufacturing championship in the series.
"I can't say enough good things about him," Edwards said. "It's frustrating to lose this race, but I couldn't have lost it to a better guy. He's a great friend."
Nationwide points leader Ricky Stenhouse finished sixth and has a 17-point lead over Elliott Sadler with two races to go. Sadler, who came in 15 points back, finished ninth after running ahead of Stenhouse for much of the race.
Hamlin took over in the Joe Gibbs' No. 18 Toyota for Busch, and had to start 40th after the unexpected driver change.
Busch was barred from driving in the Cup and Nationwide races. NASCAR took that rare step after Busch deliberately wrecked championship contender Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Truck Series race Friday night.
By the midpoint of Saturday's race, Hamlin was already up to third behind Edwards and Clint Bowyer, who finished fourth.