Ford dominates rain-affected Bristol race

Edwards all smiles at Bristol

Edwards all smiles at Bristol

Carl Edwards has won the Food City 500 at Bristol as Ford took four of the top five results, including the best finish for Marcos Ambrose since 2012.

Outlasting not only the rest of the field but also a weather delay prior to the race and also a lengthy stoppage at lap #124. Edwards led home Roush team-mate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and Ambrose.

Edwards gambled on late-race pit strategy and held on to win at the ‘World’s Fastest Half Mile.’ Edwards became the fourth different winner in as many races this season, as he won his third Bristol Sprint Cup race and the 22nd of his career.

Ambrose took his  first Top-5 since 2012

Ambrose took his first Top-5 since 2012

The two lengthy rain periods delayed the proceedings by nearly six hours. There was plenty of drama and mayhem during the long day and night.

Six-time and defending series champion Jimmie Johnson blew his right-front tyre on lap #114 of 500 and lost three laps. Matt Kenseth took a heavy hit from Timmy Hill as the field slowed for a spinning Cole Whitt. Kenseth rejoined in 30th, then went about chasing down the leaders and went to the front at lap #285.

Kevin Harvick took the lead, but on lap #450 he had an engine issue and slammed into the fence. Jamie McMurray got on the oil from Harvick and then was collected in the rear by Brad Keselowski.

It was during this period that Edwards, Almirola, Stenhouse, Stewart and Ambrose decided to stay out and the not take fresh tyres.

Stenhouse got by Almirola and then with less than three laps to run a malfunction with the track lights brought out another caution. It mattered little as the rain returned and the race finished behind the pace car.

“How about Ford? For them to finish tonight 1-2-3-5, that’s a big turnaround,” said Edwards.

“Jimmy Fennig (crew chief) made some calls. That’s a gutsy call with all the tyre trouble.

“It’s just an awesome night. We’re in the Chase and we’re gonna go win this championship. I just can’t believe we turned this thing around. We were terrible on Saturday, so I’m just glad we turned it around. Jimmy is the man.”

Ambrose had a true up and down race, starting fifth and then running around sixth place before slipping off the lead lap and down to 23rd with tyre issues. With new rubber and some adjustments Ambrose battled back onto the lead lap. Then a clever call with not stopping during the late caution period elevated him to fifth and he held that place through to the finish.

After going the entire 2013 season without a Top-5 finish, the result is a great performance for his crew as well as Richard Petty Motorsports team-mate Almirola.

“It’s just a great night for Richard Petty Motorsports,” said Ambrose.

“The groove went to the very fence and we had to really watch ourselves there and keep adjusting the car all night.

“We got a bad set of tyres where they delaminated and started to cord really bad, so we lost a lap and then got it back. I passed Kyle Busch to get the lucky dog and worked our way back up to the front.”

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RESULTS:Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

POS 

Car # 

Driver 

Make 

Start Pos. 

Laps 

Laps Led 

Final Status

Points

Bonus Points

1

99 Carl Edwards Ford 12 503 78 Running 47 4

2

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 503 0 Running 42 0

3

43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 503 0 Running 41 0

4

14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 37 503 0 Running 40 0

5

9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 5 503 0 Running 39 0

6

11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 503 4 Running 39 1

7

24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 503 0 Running 37 0

8

5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 503 16 Running 37 1

9

55 Brian Vickers Toyota 38 503 0 Running 35 0

10

42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 503 0 Running 34 0

11

3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26 503 0 Running 33 0

12

16 Greg Biffle Ford 8 503 0 Running 32 0

13

20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 503 165 Running 33 2

14

2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 503 40 Running 31 1

15

15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15 503 5 Running 30 1

16

31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 9 503 0 Running 28 0

17

51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 502 0 Running 27 0

18

10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36 502 0 Running 26 0

19

48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 501 44 Running 26 1

20

22 Joey Logano Ford 4 500 12 Running 25 1

21

27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28 500 0 Running 23 0

22

38 David Gilliland Ford 16 500 0 Running 22 0

23

98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 32 499 0 Running 21 0

24

88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14 499 0 Running 20 0

25

47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 498 0 Running 19 0

26

7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 34 497 0 Running 18 0

27

13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 497 0 Running 17 0

28

36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 35 497 0 Running 16 0

29

18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 496 73 Running 16 1

30

40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31 496 0 Running 0 0

31

34 David Ragan Ford 19 495 0 Running 13 0

32

23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 493 0 Running 12 0

33

32 Travis Kvapil Ford 39 491 0 Running 11 0

34

30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 487 0 Running 10 0

35

41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 13 473 28 Running 10 1

36

78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 29 471 0 Running 8 0

37

95 Michael McDowell Ford 24 469 0 Running 7 0

38

1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 17 453 10 Accident 7 1

39

4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27 450 28 Accident 6 1

40

26 Cole Whitt Toyota 18 430 0 Running 4 0

41

66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 322 0 Rear Gear 0 0

42

83 Ryan Truex Toyota 40 271 0 Accident 2 0

43

33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 160 0 Accident 1 0

STANDINGS

Position

Driver

Points

Behind

Starts

WINS

Top 5 

Top 10 

DNF

1

Brad Keselowski 163 Leader 4 1 3 3 0

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr 153 -10 4 1 3 3 0

3

Carl Edwards 152 -11 4 1 2 3 0

4

Jeff Gordon 152 -11 4 0 2 4 0

5

Jimmie Johnson 143 -20 4 0 1 3 0

6

Joey Logano 141 -22 4 0 2 2 0

7

Denny Hamlin 140 -23 4 0 1 2 0

8

Matt Kenseth 138 -25 4 0 0 2 0

9

Ryan Newman 125 -38 4 0 0 2 0

10

Ricky Stenhouse Jr 122 -41 4 0 1 2 0

11

Kasey Kahne 120 -43 4 0 0 2 0

12

Greg Biffle 118 -45 4 0 0 1 0

13

Austin Dillon 117 -46 4 0 0 1 0

14

Kyle Busch 111 -52 4 0 0 1 0

15

Marcos Ambrose 108 -55 4 0 1 1 0

16

Jamie McMurray 100 -63 4 0 0 1 1

17

Paul Menard 99 -64 4 0 1 1 0

18

Brian Vickers 99 -64 4 0 0 1 0

19

Casey Mears 97 -66 4 0 0 1 0

20

Aric Almirola 95 -68 4 0 1 1 1

21

Kevin Harvick 89 -74 4 1 1 1 1

22

Kyle Larson 89 -74 4 0 0 1 1

23

Tony Stewart 88 -75 4 0 1 1 0

24

Clint Bowyer 85 -78 4 0 0 0 1

25

AJ Allmendinger 82 -81 4 0 0 0 0

26

Justin Allgaier 72 -91 4 0 0 0 1

27

Reed Sorenson 67 -96 4 0 0 0 0

28

Danica Patrick 62 -101 4 0 0 0 1

29

Martin Truex Jr 61 -102 4 0 0 0 1

30

David Gilliland 60 -103 4 0 0 0 0

31

Kurt Busch 57 -106 4 0 0 0 1

32

David Ragan 51 -112 4 0 0 0 0

33

Michael Annett 50 -113 4 0 0 0 1

34

Cole Whitt 45 -118 4 0 0 0 1

35

Josh Wise 43 -120 3 0 0 0 0

36

Alex Bowman 43 -120 4 0 0 0 1

37

Parker Kligerman 31 -132 4 0 0 0 2

38

Bobby Labonte 29 -134 1 0 0 0 0

39

Jeff Burton 27 -136 1 0 0 0 0

40

Terry Labonte 24 -139 1 0 0 0 0

41

Travis Kvapil 22 -141 3 0 0 0 0

42

Ryan Truex 20 -143 3 0 0 0 1

43

Michael McDowell 19 -144 3 0 0 0 1

44

Timmy Hill 7 -156 2 0 0 0 1

45

Michael Waltrip 4 -159 1 0 0 0 1

46

Landon Cassill 0 -163 2 0 0 0 0

47

Trevor Bayne 0 -163 2 0 0 0 1

48

Brian Scott 0 -163 2 0 0 0 0

49

Blake Koch 0 -163 1 0 0 0 0

50

Joe Nemechek 0 -163 2 0 0 0 1

51

Morgan Shepherd 0 -163 1 0 0 0 1

52

David Reutimann 0 -163 0 0 0 0 0

53

Dave Blaney 0 -163 0 0 0 0 0

54

Eric McClure 0 -163 0 0 0 0 0

55

J.J. Yeley 0 -163 0 0 0 0 0

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