Sorenson Wins Busch Gateway 250

MADISON, Ill. (AP) -- Reed Sorenson earned his first victory in two years, avoiding the pitfalls of a cautioned-filled Busch Gateway 250 on Saturday night.

Sorenson, who hadn't led any part of a race this season before Saturday, passed David Reutimann on Lap 159 moments after the eighth yellow flag was lifted. He survived the race's ninth and final caution with a strong restart to distance himself from Reutimann, who eventually finished third.

Scott Wimmer earned his first pole position in 136 races earlier in the day and led the first 53 laps before a right flat tire forced him into the pits. He stayed near the front of the pack most of the race and finished second. Jason Leffler and David Ragan rounded out the top five.

The race saw one caution through the first 90 laps before finishing with nine, five off the track's record of 14. Of the 44 cars that started the race, only 26 finished and 14 of those were on the lead lap as Sorenson crossed the line. The yellow flag was out for 43 of the 200 laps.

Sorenson, who had the second fastest qualifying time, led 93 laps. The victory marked his third overall and his first since taking the checkered flag at Gateway International nearly two years ago to the day. He also won at Nashville in 2005.

Last year's winner Carl Edwards led for seven laps and looked as if he might win the race for a second consecutive season. He took the lead on Lap 118 and subsequent cautions would have allowed him to stay on the track through the remainder of the race. But he rubbed against the wall late in the race and finished sixth.


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