Edwards fights rain to win at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. – After two rain delays lasting greater than 5 hours, a slick race monitor wasn't going to cease Carl Edwards from celebrating his first win of the season.

He pulled his car to the start/end line at Bristol Motor Speedway, climbed out to his window ledge and prepared for his celebratory backflip.

Then, Edwards had a brief second of clarity.

"Oh, man, I thought, `That is stupid. I should not do this.. It is awfully shiny. It is perhaps slick,' " he said. "I did not need to stick it completely and have my toes go that way and break my arm on the concrete. That would have been horrible. I used to be really really nervous about that."

But on this rain-soaked Sunday night, Edwards was going for the massive finish to a different lengthy day for NASCAR.

The start was delayed by nearly two hours, racing began and the sector obtained to Lap 124 earlier than the sky opened once more, and the race was stropped for an additional 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Much like the season-opening Daytona 500, which was stopped by rain for nearly six hours, the specter of more dangerous weather bringing a sudden halt to the race pressured the drivers to go onerous every single lap.

So when a warning with 77 laps remaining sent a lot of the field to pit street, Edwards' crew chief, Jimmy Fennig, made the decision to depart his driver on the track. The move gave Edwards the lead on the restart with 70 laps remaining.

"I believed when Jimmy stated we'll stay out, I thought, `Nicely, that is a good idea,' " Edwards stated. "After which no person stayed out round us, and I believed, `Oh boy, which may not be the best factor.' It turned out to be perfect."

He had no hassle pulling out to a simple lead and had victory in sight when the yellow caution lights got here out right earlier than the scheduled white flag lap. No one was sure what the warning was for and Fennig even wondered if water injury might need inadvertently prompted the lights to turn on.

Then the sky suddenly opened and NASCAR had no alternative however to declare the race over.

NASCAR said after the race that someone within the flag stand accidentally leaned on a switch to set off the lights. NASCAR was pressured to challenge a full caution "as a result of operation of the lights was comprised."

"No hurt, no foul, let's act like it simply did not occur," Edwards told NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton.

Edwards led Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. across the end line. Aric Almirola from Richard Petty Motorsports was third as Ford drivers swept the highest three spots – one day after a Ford workforce received the Twelve Hours of Sebring sports automotive race for the primary time since 1969.

It was Edwards' twenty second career victory, third at Bristol, but first of the season – and the one that ought to clinch him a spot in the Chase for the Dash Cup championship beneath NASCAR's new qualifying format.

"We're within the Chase and we're going to go win this championship," stated Edwards.

Kevin Harvick

It was an eventful day for Kevin Harvick, whose day ended with a fireplace. He finished 39th.

Stenhouse was disappointed he did not get a shot to race his teammate for the win.

"I was pondering that I might use the bumper if the chance was there," he stated. "In the event you get the win, you're within the Chase and you'll let the remainder handle itself later. That's what I was actually thinking if we went back green. I used to be enthusiastic about doing no matter I could to win."

And Almirola also was having trouble accepting the ultimate final result.

"It is frustrating because I had one shot to race Carl for the lead, and these races are so onerous to win," he mentioned. "It was a terrific day for us, I'm not dissatisfied at all with third, however if you see it and you'll style it and it is that shut, you surprise what might have went totally different."

Tony Stewart salvaged a horrific begin to the weekend – he certified thirty seventh – by finishing a season-best fourth.

"I am fairly enthusiastic about that," Stewart said. "All people just labored exhausting all weekend. We had an extended way to go from Friday, when we weren't excellent and day by day we simply bought higher and higher. So, I'm actually pleased with this workforce."

Marcos Ambrose was fifth as each of RPM's drivers finished inside the highest five.

Polesitter Denny Hamlin was sixth in the highest-finishing Toyota and was adopted by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Brian Vickers was ninth and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the highest 10.

 

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Matt Kenseth beats Kasey Kahne at Bristol, takes over Chase points lead

The closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway had been a well-recognized sight. Matt Kenseth was main. Kasey Kahne was attempting to chase him down for second.

The ending wasn’t any completely different this time round.

Kenseth held off Kahne’s labored cost over the ultimate 10 laps to win his fifth race of the season and his third with Kahne because the bridesmaid.

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“I believe Kasey’s getting tired of battling me,” Kenseth said.

“He wished it unhealthy. We raced as exhausting as we might race. Used every inch of racetrack and I had just sufficient to hold on. Just sufficient fuel and simply sufficient tires.”

Kenseth previously had crushed Kahne to the checkers at Las Vegas and Kansas.

Kahne got shut sufficient to Kenseth on the race’s remaining lap to bring up the concept of a transfer for the entrance bumper, but mentioned that if he had achieved that, he’d have wrecked both drivers.

Two weeks ago after Watkins Glen, Kahne expressed his frustration with JGR drivers after he was knocked out of the race in an accident that was sparked by contact with Kenseth. That was on prime of incidents with Kyle Busch at Daytona, Talladega and Darlington. It could have been a perfectly acceptable place for payback had Kahne gone the chrome horn route.

“You at all times produce other options,” Kahne mentioned.

“I just didn’t get it executed. I did not win. I had the higher automotive, the fellows did an awesome job within the pits and I did not win. I really feel bad I did not win.”

Kenseth entered Saturday night time’s race tied for the collection lead in wins with Jimmie Johnson at four apiece. Due to those wins and the three bonus factors that come from each, the two tentatively stood tied for the points lead after Richmond when the Chase begins and the factors are reset.

Because of that tie, the No. 20 workforce might afford to go for wins over the final three races earlier than the Chase. And with Johnson out of rivalry because of a crash, Bristol was a fair better alternative to go for that lead.

After working his means again through the sphere after a pit road dashing penalty below warning, Kenseth was within the lead when the warning flag got here out for particles on lap 438. His earlier pit cease was right on the sting of his pit window, but Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff elected to remain out to keep the monitor place and hope Kenseth would make it to the tip.

Kahne and staff employed the alternative pit strategy. He took tires throughout that yellow flag despite working fourth, and the contemporary rubber allowed him to work his method by means of the automobiles forward of him who hadn’t stopped.

After dispatching Juan Pablo Montoya with 27 laps to go, Kahne reeled in Kenseth. He dove to Kenseth’s inside multiple occasions within the final 10 laps, however the lack of speed in Bristol’s backside groove was his detriment. No matter how much he pushed his automobile into the nook to get alongside — and even ahead — of Kenseth for a short second, he could not maintain it there to make the cross work.

Now, with two races to go, Kenseth holds what could be a three level lead over Johnson when the Chase begins. Johnson was collected in a crash after David Reutimann spun and completed thirty sixth. He still holds a 18 point lead over Clint Bowyer.

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Denny Hamlin beats Kurt Busch for pole at Bristol

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Is Bristol where Denny Hamlin’s season hits a optimistic be aware?

Hamlin certified on the pole for Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night time Race with a velocity of , beating Kurt Busch for the pole by 23 thousandths of a second.

Last season, Hamlin won the August Bristol race and the following race at Atlanta to vault himself to the highest seed within the Chase. This season, a win or two or three will not get Hamlin into the Chase, but it’ll be some dearly needed success for a workforce that has struggled this season.

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Hamlin was hurt in a crash whereas battling for the lead at California and subsequently missed four races. However in the 19 races he’s participated on this season, he has simply four high 10 finishes, the last one coming at Pocono in June.

For Busch, he is got one other great chance at a win to solidify his Chase hopes. He is presently within the prime 10 however with out the benefit of a win as a cushion if he’s to fall out of the top 10 and into the Wild Card morass of 11th-20th within the standings.

Carl Edwards was third, Brian Vickers was fourth and Matt Kenseth was fifth. Mike Bliss missed the race.

Kyle Busch, who received Wednesday evening’s Camping World Truck Collection race and begins first for Friday night’s Nationwide Collection race, spun on his second qualifying try and hit the wall. (We are saying second because after brushing the wall on his first lap, Busch stopped and turned around earlier than his second lap for momentum taking the green flag.) He’ll start final.