Sunday, 03 March 2013 22:52
It had been 70 Sprint Cup races since NASCAR fans witnessed Carl Edwards perform his signature back flip and the Roush driver did not disappoint the packed grandstand after winning the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday.
The Roush driver led the final 78 laps of the 312-lap race that went into overtime en route to his 20th career victory. Edwards’ last win came at Las Vegas in 2011.
"This win means as much, if not more, as any win I've ever had,” Edwards said. "I can't tell you how cool it is. I love Phoenix."
Edwards had the race well in hand when his uncle, veteran Ken Schrader, scraped the wall and brought out the yellow with less than three laps remaining. Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin dueled on the restart as Edwards pulled away.
Johnson barley edged Hamlin at the finish line for second, Keselowski finished fourth and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fifth.
Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Burton completed the top-10.
Danica Patrick ended up 39th after blowing a tire and slamming the wall hard past the mid way point. She collected David Ragan as she came back across the track with the heavily damaged No. 10 Chevrolet coming to rest on the inside wall along the frontstretch.
“That was a hard hit on both sides,” Patrick said. “We were having a steady day; not great, but making progress." Jimmie Johnson holds a five point lead over Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the 2013 Sprint Cup Series standings as the series heads to Las Vegas next weekend.
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