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Edwards wins Sonoma as Ambrose claims eighth

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Monday 23rd June, 2014 - 8:47am

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Edwards celebrates his second win of the season

Edwards celebrates his second win of the season

Carl Edwards has scored his first roadcourse win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with victory in the Toyota – Savemart 350 at Sonoma outside San Francisco.

The result is Edwards’ second win of the season, the 10th straight different winner at Sonoma and also the eighth consecutive winner at the track to score their first roadcourse win.

Australia’s Marcos Ambrose literally drove the wheels off his Ford to climb from 23rd to be in the lead with 25 laps remaining. However, Edwards got the jump on a re-start and Ambrose came under from behind. Battling with the likes of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson over the closing stages, Ambrose was down to the canvas on his tyres as he brought his car home in eighth.

Ambrose added to his record of 11 top-10 finishes in the 13 roadcourse races contested in the Sprint Cup Series.

“It was a handful,” said Ambrose

“We came here with a strategy as last year we had the fastest car but it would fade away after a couple of laps. We came here with a really soft package and I was hanging onto it all day long.

“We fought hard and led some laps and got ourselves into position at the end.  That’s all we had.  I was just hanging on at the end.  I burned the rear tyres up and the front tyres up and just didn’t have enough for them.”

In a race that tyre strategy was everything, Edwards made just two stops in the entire 110 laps as he sat inside the top-10 throughout the first 60 laps. On the longer runs Edwards car had excellent balance and this proved critical in the second half of the race when five separate caution periods were waved. Even with the likes of Earnhardt Jr. making a total of five pit stops, Edwards car proved it had more than enough to take the win from a fast finishing Gordon.

“I grew up watching Jeff Gordon and to have him in my mirror was awesome,” said Edward.

“This team has been working very hard and it is very special to part of something like this.

“That’s the best I’ve got and it was really not good enough.”

The final 30 laps brought plenty of action with the likes of Matt Kenseth and race setters Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer and AJ Allmendinger all involved in major incidents.

VIDEO: Edwards wins

VIDEO: Victory Lane

VIDEO: Kenseth crash

 

RESULTS: Toyota – Savemart 350 – Sonoma Raceway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MANUFACTURER STARTING POS. LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS POINTS
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 4 110 26 Running 47 4
2 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 15 110 3 Running 43 1
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 17 110 0 Running 41 0
4 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 1 110 9 Running 41 1
5 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 9 110 0 Running 39 0
6 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 30 110 0 Running 38 0
7 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 22 110 1 Running 38 1
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 23 110 5 Running 37 1
9 16 Greg Biffle Ford 19 110 0 Running 35 0
10 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 25 110 5 Running 35 1
11 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 7 110 0 Running 33 0
12 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 5 110 0 Running 32 0
13 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 12 110 0 Running 31 0
14 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 8 110 0 Running 30 0
15 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 18 110 0 Running 29 0
16 22 Joey Logano Ford 10 110 3 Running 29 1
17 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26 110 0 Running 27 0
18 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 11 110 0 Running 26 0
19 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 21 110 0 Running 25 0
20 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 6 110 23 Running 25 1
21 38 David Gilliland Ford 27 110 0 Running 23 0
22 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 13 110 0 Running 22 0
23 43 Aric Almirola Ford 29 110 0 Running 21 0
24 95 Michael McDowell Ford 28 110 0 Running 20 0
25 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 20 110 0 Running 19 0
26 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 16 110 0 Running 18 0
27 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 32 110 0 Running 17 0
28 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 3 110 0 Running 16 0
29 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 38 110 0 Running 15 0
30 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 42 110 0 Running 14 0
31 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 24 109 0 Running 13 0
32 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 40 109 0 Running 12 0
33 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 35 109 0 Running 11 0
34 44 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 39 109 0 Running 0 0
35 32 Boris Said Ford 41 109 0 Running 9 0
36 34 David Ragan Ford 31 109 0 Running 8 0
37 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 2 108 35 Running 9 2
38 66 Tomy Drissi Toyota 43 108 0 Running 6 0
39 33 Alex Kennedy Chevrolet 36 104 0 Rear Gear 5 0
40 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 33 95 0 Running 4 0
41 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 34 91 0 Running 3 0
42 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 14 74 0 Accident 2 0
43 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 37 29 0 Engine 0 0

 

CHAMPIONSHIP

POSITION DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Jeff Gordon 580 Leader 16 1 6 12 0
2 Jimmie Johnson 560 -20 16 3 6 11 0
3 Dale Earnhardt Jr 555 -25 16 2 8 11 1
4 Matt Kenseth 515 -65 16 0 5 10 1
5 Brad Keselowski 512 -68 16 1 7 8 0
6 Carl Edwards 509 -71 16 2 4 8 2
7 Joey Logano 483 -97 16 2 6 8 3
8 Ryan Newman 473 -107 16 0 0 5 0
9 Kevin Harvick 472 -108 16 2 5 7 2
10 Kyle Larson 470 -110 16 0 3 7 1
11 Kyle Busch 465 -115 16 1 3 6 1
12 Paul Menard 459 -121 16 0 3 9 0
13 Denny Hamlin 453 -127 15 1 4 5 0
14 Clint Bowyer 452 -128 16 0 2 6 2
15 Greg Biffle 444 -136 16 0 2 5 0
16 Kasey Kahne 429 -151 16 0 2 6 2
17 Tony Stewart 427 -153 16 0 2 5 1
18 Austin Dillon 427 -153 16 0 0 1 0
19 Jamie McMurray 425 -155 16 0 2 5 2
20 Brian Vickers 424 -156 16 0 2 5 1
21 Marcos Ambrose 407 -173 16 0 2 3 0
22 Aric Almirola 400 -180 16 0 1 3 2
23 AJ Allmendinger 391 -189 16 0 1 3 0
24 Casey Mears 373 -207 16 0 0 1 0
25 Martin Truex Jr 360 -220 16 0 0 3 1
26 Kurt Busch 347 -233 16 1 3 3 5
27 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 320 -260 16 0 1 3 1
28 Danica Patrick 299 -281 16 0 0 1 2
29 Justin Allgaier 280 -300 16 0 0 0 2
30 Michael Annett 249 -331 16 0 0 0 2
31 David Gilliland 232 -348 16 0 0 0 3
32 Cole Whitt 228 -352 16 0 0 0 1
33 Reed Sorenson 199 -381 16 0 0 0 4
34 David Ragan 198 -382 16 0 0 0 1
35 Alex Bowman 188 -392 16 0 0 0 4
36 Josh Wise 173 -407 15 0 0 0 1
37 Ryan Truex 111 -469 13 0 0 0 4
38 Travis Kvapil 98 -482 11 0 0 0 1
39 Michael McDowell 83 -497 8 0 0 0 3
40 Parker Kligerman 54 -526 8 0 0 0 4
41 Terry Labonte 44 -536 2 0 0 0 0
42 David Reutimann 37 -543 3 0 0 0 0
43 David Stremme 34 -546 5 0 0 0 2
44 Brett Moffitt 32 -548 2 0 0 0 0
45 Bobby Labonte 29 -551 1 0 0 0 0
46 Jeff Burton 27 -553 1 0 0 0 0
47 Juan Pablo Montoya 26 -554 1 0 0 0 0
48 Michael Waltrip 23 -557 2 0 0 0 1
49 Timmy Hill 19 -561 4 0 0 0 2
50 Dave Blaney 16 -564 4 0 0 0 2
51 Alex Kennedy 10 -570 2 0 0 0 1
52 Boris Said 9 -571 1 0 0 0 0
53 Tomy Drissi 6 -574 1 0 0 0 0
54 Landon Cassill 0 -580 14 0 0 0 2
55 Sam Hornish Jr 0 -580 1 0 0 0 0
56 Trevor Bayne 0 -580 6 0 0 0 2
57 Brian Scott 0 -580 5 0 0 0 1
58 Ryan Blaney 0 -580 1 0 0 0 0
59 Blake Koch 0 -580 3 0 0 0 0
60 Joe Nemechek 0 -580 8 0 0 0 2
61 J.J. Yeley 0 -580 6 0 0 0 3
62 Morgan Shepherd 0 -580 1 0 0 0 1
63 Eric McClure 0 -580 0 0 0 0 0

 

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