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Carl Edwards Wins Food City 500 At Bristol Motor Speedway

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Carl Edwards won from the pole position, scoring his first victory of the season in the Food City 500. With his fourth victory at Bristol and the 26th of his Sprint Cup career, Edwards virtually qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup playoffs. Edwards also became the third Joe Gibbs Racing driver to win in 2016, holding onto first through a slew of late cautions.

“Now we’re in the Chase,” Edwards told Fox with a big smile after performing his trademark winning backflip with his first win at the 0.533-mile oval since 2014. “We can go have some fun. It’s so cool, man. Awesome to be here.”

Dale Earnhardt Jr., who lost two laps after losing power and needing to pit on the first lap of the race, finished second for the second straight race. Kurt Busch was third, followed by Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne to round out the top 5.

The rest of Joe Gibbs Racing however, wasn’t so lucky as Carl Edwards. Edwards’ teammates Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth all had right-front tire problems that caused caution flags. Busch, who was aiming for his third consecutive victory, and Kenseth each hit the wall twice with blown right fronts.

Other storylines from Sunday’s Food City 500 include:

  • Bayne earned the second top five of his career and his first since the 2011 Daytona 500 win.
  • Matt DiBenedetto’s BK Racing Toyota snuck into the top 10 with a sixth. This was Matt’s best career finish, which was previously 18th at Talladega last spring.
  • Clint Bowyer easily scored his best finish of 2016 with an 8th place effort. He had one top 20 (18th at Fontana) in his first seven starts with HScott Motorsports.
  • Former Bristol winner Brad Keselowski was burned by a pit speeding penalty (his third of the season) that helped negate a shot at a strong result.

The next stop on the NASCAR schedule is the Toyota Owners 400 from Richmond International Raceway next Sunday.

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