Edwards opens his account at Bristol

Edwards celebrates in his customary way

Edwards celebrates in his customary way

Carl Edwards has broken through for his first win of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season with a dominant performance at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Starting off the pole, Edwards led a total of 276 of the 500 laps contested; and not even a late race caution could stop the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota driver.

The result was Edwards’ fourth win at the ‘World’s Fastest Half-Mile’ and the fourth victory for JGR in the opening eight races contested this season.

“Just awesome. Now we’re in the Chase and we can go have some fun,” said Edwards. “That’s just so cool.”

Although it appeared an easy win, there was some tyre concerns after issues his three Gibbs team-mates all suffered tyre failures.

“There was some concern,” said Edwards. “But for some reason with our car we didn’t have any of those issues.

“This team doesn’t quit. And (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) is awesome. He can almost read my mind during a race.

“He’d tell me things during the race right when I needed them. So it was just a great day.”

Bristol was the usual mix of short and long runs as a total of 15 caution period occurred.

On three occasions those involved defending series champion Kyle Busch who had tyre failures.

The final hit forcing the points leader coming into the race, out and a 38th place result. He is now back to fifth in the points.

“Guess it just wasn’t meant to be,” said Busch.

“We drove up from the back to the front a couple times and showed them what we’re made of, but unfortunately it doesn’t matter when you’re in the garage.”

Matt Kenseth found the fence twice after front tyre failures, while Denny Hamlin had a front-right corner come off the car after contact with the wall, before he also had a tyre failure.

Issues for teams were not limited to the track with pit road penalties for the likes of Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson for speeding, while Joey Logano’s team for losing control of a tyre.

This meant a somewhat mixed-up top-10 with Dale Earnhardt Jr. coming back from early electrical issues to finish in second ahead of Kurt Busch and Chase Elliott. While Matt DiBenedetto claimed his first top-10 of the season in sixth place.

VIDEO: Race wrap

RESULTS: Food City 500 – Bristol Motor Speedway

POS. CAR # DRIVER MAKE START LAPS LAPS LED FINAL STATUS POINTS BONUS PTS
1TS 19 Carl Edwards Toyota 1 500 276 Running 45 5
2 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 20 500 0 Running 39 0
3 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 26 500 41 Running 39 1
4 24 Chase Elliott Chevrolet 19 500 0 Running 37 0
5 6 Trevor Bayne Ford 10 500 0 Running 36 0
6 83 Matt DiBenedetto Toyota 30 500 0 Running 35 0
7 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 7 500 13 Running 35 1
8 15 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 36 500 0 Running 33 0
9 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 17 500 0 Running 32 0
10 22 Joey Logano Ford 3 500 4 Running 32 1
11 21 Ryan Blaney Ford 18 500 0 Running 30 0
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 23 500 0 Running 29 0
13 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 13 500 0 Running 28 0
14 78 Martin Truex Jr Toyota 8 500 0 Running 27 0
15 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 14 500 4 Running 27 1
16 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 32 500 0 Running 25 0
17 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 11 500 0 Running 24 0
18 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 12 500 0 Running 23 0
19 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 9 500 0 Running 22 0
20 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 4 500 0 Running 21 0
21 34 Chris Buescher Ford 21 500 0 Running 20 0
22 38 Landon Cassill Ford 28 500 20 Running 20 1
23 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 6 499 0 Running 18 0
24 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 16 499 0 Running 17 0
25 14 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 34 499 0 Running 0 0
26 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 15 498 0 Running 15 0
27 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 33 498 0 Running 14 0
28 98 Cole Whitt Chevrolet 39 496 0 Running 13 0
29 95 Michael McDowell Chevrolet 31 495 0 Running 12 0
30 44 Brian Scott Ford 27 493 0 Running 11 0
31 46 Michael Annett Chevrolet 40 492 0 Running 10 0
32 32 Jeffrey Earnhardt Ford 37 488 0 Running 9 0
33 30 Josh Wise Chevrolet 35 482 0 Running 8 0
34 43 Aric Almirola Ford 22 479 0 Running 7 0
35 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 25 462 0 Running 6 0
36 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 2 460 142 Running 6 1
37 7 Regan Smith Chevrolet 29 451 0 Accident 4 0
38 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 5 258 0 Accident 3 0
39 23 David Ragan Toyota 24 211 0 Engine 2 0
40 55 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 38 169 0 Suspension 1 0

 STANDINGS

POS DRIVER POINTS BEHIND STARTS WINS TOP 5 TOP 10 DNF
1 Kevin Harvick 287 Leader 8 1 3 7 0
2 Carl Edwards 286 -1 8 1 4 7 0
3 Jimmie Johnson 271 -16 8 2 4 5 0
4 Joey Logano 266 -21 8 0 3 5 0
5 Kyle Busch 262 -25 8 2 6 6 1
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr 250 -37 8 0 4 5 1
7 Kurt Busch 247 -40 8 0 2 6 0
8 Brad Keselowski 224 -63 8 1 2 4 0
9 Denny Hamlin 222 -65 8 1 3 3 1
10 Martin Truex Jr 214 -73 8 0 1 3 0
11 Austin Dillon 213 -74 8 0 2 4 0
12 Chase Elliott 205 -82 8 0 2 5 1
13 Jamie McMurray 199 -88 8 0 0 1 0
14 AJ Allmendinger 188 -99 8 0 1 2 0
15 Kasey Kahne 185 -102 8 0 0 2 0
16 Ryan Newman 182 -105 8 0 0 2 1
17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 178 -109 8 0 1 2 1
18 Matt Kenseth 177 -110 8 0 0 1 1
19 Ryan Blaney 174 -113 8 0 0 2 1
20 Trevor Bayne 172 -115 8 0 1 1 0
21 Paul Menard 167 -120 8 0 0 1 1
22 Kyle Larson 158 -129 8 0 1 2 1
23 Aric Almirola 145 -142 8 0 0 0 1
24 Greg Biffle 140 -147 8 0 0 0 2
25 Danica Patrick 131 -156 8 0 0 0 2
26 Casey Mears 129 -158 8 0 0 0 0
27 Landon Cassill 126 -161 8 0 0 0 0
28 Brian Scott 125 -162 8 0 0 0 0
29 Clint Bowyer 118 -169 8 0 0 1 1
30 Matt DiBenedetto 112 -175 8 0 0 1 1
31 Regan Smith 109 -178 8 0 0 1 1
32 David Ragan 98 -189 8 0 0 0 1
33 Michael McDowell 90 -197 7 0 0 0 0
34 Chris Buescher 90 -197 8 0 0 0 1
35 Brian Vickers 86 -201 5 0 0 1 1
36 Michael Annett 82 -205 8 0 0 0 0
37 Cole Whitt 62 -225 7 0 0 0 2
38 Jeffrey Earnhardt 33 -254 5 0 0 0 0
39 Josh Wise 32 -255 7 0 0 0 2
40 Michael Waltrip 12 -275 1 0 0 0 0
41 Bobby Labonte 11 -276 1 0 0 0 0
42 Reed Sorenson 10 -277 3 0 0 0 1
43 Robert Richardson 3 -284 1 0 0 0 1
44 Ty Dillon 0 -287 5 0 0 0 0
45 Joey Gase 0 -287 2 0 0 0 0
46 David Gilliland 0 -287 0 0 0 0 0

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