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ICYMI: Carl Edwards Wins Rain Shortened AAA Texas 400


Carl Edwards won Sunday’s rain shortened AAA Texas 500 after the start was delayed over 5 hours due to weather and extensive track drying. It was his third win of the year, but most importantly secured hist spot in the final four at Homestead. Joey Logano finished second, followed by Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch rounding out the top 5.

Edwards entered Sunday 32 points behind the cut line, almost needing a win in order of advancing after a crashing out at Martinsville. He got just what he wanted after leading the last 36 laps of the race and running a consistent race prior to taking over. Carl Edwards will now have his first championship chance since losing to Tony Stewart in a tie in 2011.

“I actually enjoyed it,” Carl Edwards said to NBCSN after the race about the pressure to win. “The pressure was really mounting and obviously this was what we had to do. We have a shot at the championship, and that’s all we wanted. I can’t wait to go to Homestead. We’re going to have a blast.”

Edwards led when rain began to fall, prompting NASCAR to wave the caution flag on Lap 290. Cars continued around the track under caution until Lap 294 when NASCAR summoned cars to pit road. The race was never resumed and now the 19 gets a virtual miracle into Homestead.

Other storylines from Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 At Texas Motor Speedway include:

  • Chase Elliott raced Sunday with flu-like symptoms, but it didn’t stop him from collecting a 4th place finish. This was also his 10th top 10 finish of the season, thus becoming the 5th rookie in NASCAR’s modern era to reach such a mark (Kasey Kahne 2004, Ryan Newman 2002, Tony Stewart 1999, and Dale Earnhardt 1979)
  • Kurt Busch (20th) is last in the Chase grid, 34 points out of first place and 33 points short of the cutoff. He’s essentially in a must-win situation next Sunday at Phoenix.
  • Pole-Sitter Austin Dillon was looking to complete a great weekend with a top 10, until being involved in a late-race multi-car crash. He would finished 37th.
  • Jeffrey Earnhardt finished 34th after subbing for Matt DiBenedetto, who was suffering from concussion-like symptoms after a XFINITY Series crash the day prior.

Next Race Up: The Round Of 8 becomes four this Sunday at the Phoenix International Raceway for the Can-Am 500(k).