Carl Edwards wins long, rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Bristol: Ford sweeps the podium at the half-mile track

Ford sweeps the podium at the half-mile track

By: Al Pearce on March 16, 2014

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. came in second.

LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Carl Edwards was G-r-r-r-r-reat at Bristol on Sunday, as he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup race, while sporting Tony the Tiger on his hood.

Carl Edwards of Roush Fenway Racing led a one-2-3-5 Ford finish in Sunday night’;s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 500-lap Sprint Cup race began 2 hrs late, endured a lengthy rain delay after just 124 laps and then ended beneath caution when rain returned with a handful of laps remaining. NASCAR wisely ran off the final couple of laps underneath caution and brought a merciful finish to an additional long day at 9:30 p.m., about 8 hrs soon after the race was scheduled to start off.

Edwards led 77 laps in beating fellow Fusion drivers Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (his RFR teammate) and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports. (For every of them, it was their greatest occupation finish). Chevy driver Tony Stewart of Stewart-Haas Racing was 4th, then Marcos Ambrose, also of RPM. The rest of the leading 10: pole-winner Denny Hamlin in a Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Hendrick Motorsports Chevy teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne, Toyota driver Brian Vickers of Michael Waltrip Racing, and rookie Kyle Larson of Ganassi-Sabates Racing.

Matt Kenseth led the most laps, 164, but finished 13th soon after hard speak to from backmarker Timmy Hill. Edwards led 77 laps, Kyle Busch 73 just before wrecking to a 29th-place finish, Jimmie Johnson 44 laps just before finishing 19th right after a tire issue value him a number of laps and Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick each led 28. Keselowski fell back following a late wreck with Jamie McMurray and Harvick went behind the wall late following wrecking.

Kasey Kahne (sixteen), Joey Logano (twelve), McMurray (10), Clint Bowyer (6) and Hamlin (4) also led laps. Edwards is the 4th winner in 4 races this yr, right after Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona Beach, Harvick at Phoenix, and Keselowski at Las Vegas. Earnhardt, bidding to finish first or 2nd for the 4th consecutive race, by no means led a lap en route to a 24th-place finish in the race that went 503 laps.

Results

one. (12) Carl Edwards, Ford, 503 laps, 119.2 rating, 47 factors.

2. (21) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 503, 98.9, 42.

3. (23) Aric Almirola, Ford, 503, 101.9, 41.

4. (37) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 503, 87.1, forty.

5. (5) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 503, 89, 39.

6. (one) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 503, 97.8, 39.

7. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, 503, 88.6, 37.

7 (10) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 503, 106.3, 37.

9. (38) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 503, 83.3, 35.

8. (twenty) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 503, 104.5, 34.

11. (26) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 503, 67.4, 33.

12. (8) Greg Biffle, Ford, 503, 74, 32.

13. (3) Matt Kenseth, Toyota, 503, 120.4, 33.

14. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 503, 104, 31.

15. (15) Clint Bowyer, Toyota, 503, 67.5, thirty.

sixteen. (9) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 503, 76.6, 28.

17. (thirty) Justin Allgaier, Chevrolet, 502, 62.7, 27.

18. (36) Danica Patrick, Chevrolet, 502, fifty 5.6, 26.

19. (eleven) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 501, 87.4, 26.

20. (4) Joey Logano, Ford, 500, 92.3, 25.

21. (28) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 500, 66.9, 23.

22. (16) David Gilliland, Ford, 500, 65.6, 22.

23. (32) Josh Wise, Chevrolet, 499, 48.4, 21.

24. (14) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 499, 74.8, 20.

25. (22) A J Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 498, 62.2, 19.

26. (34) Michael Annett, Chevrolet, 497, 44.3, 18.

27. (25) Casey Mears, Chevrolet, 497, 53.6, 17.

28. (35) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 497, 44.9, 16.

29. (7) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 496, 99.7, 16.

thirty. (31) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 496, 34.5, .

31. (19) David Ragan, Ford, 495, 43.6, 13.

32. (33) Alex Bowman, Toyota, 493, 41.4, twelve.

33. (39) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 491, 35.2, 11.

34. (41) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 487, 31.8, 10.

35. (13) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 473, 68.8, 10.

36. (29) Martin Truex Jr., Chevrolet, 471, 52.2, 8.

37. (24) Michael McDowell, Ford, 469, forty.8, 6.

38. (17) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, accident, 453, 84.5, 6.

39. (27) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, accident, 450, 99.2, 6.

forty. (18) Cole Whitt, Toyota, 430, 39, 4.

41. (42) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, rear gear, 322, 27.6, .

42. (40) Ryan Truex, Toyota, accident, 271, 30.4, 2.

43. (43) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, accident, 160, 23.9, 1.

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