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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Heat seal playoff spot behind Wade, LeBron

Heat Snap Three-Recreation Dropping Streak

 

MIAMI – LeBron James set the tone pregame. Dwyane Wade took over in the fourth quarter.

And the Miami Heat received a win they desperately needed.

Wade scored 13 of his 22 points within the last period and led a vital 12-0 run down the stretch, James led all scorers with 23 points and the Warmth clinched a playoff spot by beating the Washington Wizards 99-90 on Monday night time to snap a 3-sport dropping streak.

"We would have liked a win," Wade stated. "We would have liked this win."

Chris Bosh scored 22 for the Heat (forty four-17), who moved within one sport of Indiana (46-17) in the race for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and 1 1/2 games behind San Antonio (forty six-sixteen) for the league's best report. Ray Allen added 13 for Miami, which was coming off a visit the place it misplaced at Houston, San Antonio and Chicago, the last of these coming in a late collapse on Sunday.

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Dwyane Wade, driving previous the Wizards' Martell Webster, scored 13 of his 22 factors in the ultimate interval and led a vital 12-0 run down the stretch.

Wade hasn't usually performed back-to-backs this season. He did this time, and the Warmth simply rolled with him within the final minutes on the way in which to avoiding what would have been their first 4-sport slide since 2011.

"He made the right performs," James stated.

Bradley Beal scored 18 factors, Martell Webster added 17 and Drew Gooden scored 15 for the Wizards. Marcin Gortat completed with 14 factors and a career-high-tying 18 rebounds – 10 of them within the first quarter alone.

John Wall finished with eight assists for Washington.

"I'm happy with our guys," Wizards coach Randy Wittman stated. "They stored battling, working. We didn't shoot it the way in which we're able to. We bought some beauty. We shared the ball. We attacked the entire game."

Washington led eighty four-eighty three midway by the fourth, when Wade took over.

A three-level play put Miami ahead to stay and he then had assists on Miami's subsequent three baskets – a brief jumper and then a 3-pointer from Bosh, then a layup by James.

Wade capped the run with a score of his personal, on the way to his first thirteen-point, three-assist fourth quarter since Feb. 18, 2009. His thirteen within the fourth marked his highest-scoring quarter this season, and got here with him taking part in consecutive days for the primary time since Jan. 4 and 5. It was solely the third time all season he's appeared in both nights of a back-to-again.

Both teams shot only 9 free throws; despite being in assault mode, James did not shoot one for the second straight sport, simply the second time that's occurred in his profession, the first coming in December 2003, early in his rookie season.

"Very stunned," James mentioned.

James went scoreless for a stretch of almost quarter-hour within the first half, and still easily led everyone with 19 points by intermission. The whole thing of his first-half scoring came in two spectacular spurts – three three-pointers in as many tries over a span of two:forty three early in the sport, then 10 straight Heat points in a stretch of three:23 late in the half.

"I felt good about this recreation the minute, the second I noticed LeBron come into the health club right this moment," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We had an early walkthrough and he ran within the gym. Got here as much as every single individual, participant and coach and shook everyone's hand and stated, `Let's go. Let's prepare for this sport.' That is what leaders do."

Miami's lead was 12 early in the third earlier than Washington went on a ten-zero run, with Gortat scoring the primary eight and Trevor Booker's jumper getting the Wizards within fifty nine-fifty seven. And after Miami rebuilt the result in seven, Washington took off on one other fast burst, this one sufficient to give the Wizards their first lead since 1-zero.

In lower than 2 minutes, Washington outscored Miami 11-zero, Webster scoring six in 25 seconds. He head-faked James in the air to start what turned a 4-point play, then had an alley-oop dunk off a Wall cross on the subsequent possession as Washington took a 65-sixty four lead.

"I think we match up with those guys perfect," Wall said. "We battle those guys."

Allen had two three's for the Heat late within the third, and it was seventy three-all getting into the fourth. The Wizards scored solely 17 factors in the final 12 minutes.

"We saw just a few issues," Wade stated, "and we were capable of take advantage."

 

Recreation notes

Gortat had never grabbed greater than nine rebounds in a quarter. He is the twelfth participant with 10 boards in 1 / 4 this season… Washington missed its first six pictures, as Miami took a ten-1 lead… March 10 matches the second-earliest date for Miami clinching a playoff spot. The Warmth did it on March eight final season… Warmth F Udonis Haslem made his 700th common-season look… Washington outrebounded Miami 50-33.

 

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