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A look back at Carl Edwards' 12th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's 3M Performance 400 at Michigan International Speedway including news, notes and observations by the RacingOne staff.

Inside Line
Carl Edwards scored his fifth Sprint Cup Series win of the season and completed a sweep of the Michigan International Speedway weekend when he picked up the checkered flag in Sunday's 3M Performance 400. Photos

Keys to Victory Lane
Edwards led the final 18 laps of the race but had to hold off Kyle Busch in a two-lap shootout to the checkered flag to score the win. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Kevin Harvick came from deep in the field in 38th place to finish eighth and keep his Chase hopes on solid ground.

Rookie of the Race
Sam Hornish, Jr. recovered from an early race spin to drive the Penske racing No. 77 Dodge home 22nd.

Notables
Jeff Burton started the day 28th and came home 11th. Travis Kvapil took the green flag 26th and finished 13th. And Michael Waltrip began the race 42nd and crossed the finish line 19th.

Race to the Chase
Busch locked up a spot in the Chase and has the top spot with Edwards now holding 40 bonus points. Denny Hamlin fell back to the 12th and final Chase transfer spot while Clint Bowyer fell out of the Chase cut-off. Jeff Gordon tumbled to ninth and Kasey Kahne to 11th.

3M Performance 400 Loop Data Leaders
• Average Running Position: Kyle Busch - 3.5
• Fastest Early In a Run: Kyle Busch - 174.964 mph
• Fastest Late In a Run: Carl Edwards - 167.980 mph
• Fastest Laps Run: Carl Edwards - 41
• Fastest on Restarts: Kyle Busch - 175.406 mph
• Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: A.J. Allmendinger - 128
• Laps In Top 15: Brian Vickers - 200
• Quality Passes: Matt Kenseth - 51
• Speed in Traffic: Kyle Busch - 173.021 mph

Pit Stops
• Carl Edwards captured his 12th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 144th career start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
• Edwards won the 107th race for car owner Jack Roush. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
• Edwards became the first driver to win at Michigan from the 27th position. He was the seventh driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
• Edwards won the 31st race for Ford at Michigan. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
• Edwards swept both races this weekend – the first sweep since Kyle Busch swept Chicagoland in July.
• Kyle Busch (second) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at Michigan.
• David Ragan's third-place finish tied his career-best finish and was his second top-10 finish in four races at Michigan.
• Greg Biffle posted only his second top-five finish (fourth) since his third-place finish at Dover. His other top five in that time frame was also a fourth at Chicagoland.
• Matt Kenseth posted his first top-five finish (fifth) in five races.
• Mark Martin posted his best finish (sixth) since his third-place finish at Richmond, 10 starts ago for him, in the Spring.
• Brian Vickers' seventh-place finish was his sixth top-10 finish of the season and first since Chicagoland.
• Kevin Harvick (eighth) posted his third straight top-10 of the season and ninth total this year.
• Elliott Sadler (ninth) posted his sixth top-10 finish of the season.
• Jamie McMurray (10th) posted his third top-10 finish in the last four races.
• The 200-lap race saw 18 lead changes among nine drivers and an average speed of 140.351 mph. Lap Summary
• Seven caution flags were thrown for 27 laps.
• The 3M Performance 400 lasted 2 hours, 51 minutes, 00 seconds.

Lug Nuts
• Wonder how those 10 bonus points lost in the Las Vegas penalties look to Edwards now?
• Roush Fenway again owns Michigan with four drivers in the top five.
• Kudos to David Ragan, who was a favorite pick by many crew chiefs to win Sunday morning.
• The Hendrick woes continued Sunday with Jeff Gordon again left scratching his head.
• Guess Junior fans can't blame Tony Eury, Jr. this week.
• Attendance was surprisingly good considering how hard hit this area is economically.
• Forget the rumors about Michigan possibly losing a race if Kansas gets a second. MIS will have a pair for a while.
• He didn't seal the deal, but another impressive weekend for Brian Vickers.
• Bill Davis Racing is edging closer to the extinct list.

Garage Talk
• "We were a nine out of a 10, it seems like, and those other guys were a 10 out of a 10." - David Ragan
• "We don't deserve to be in the Chase." - Denny Hamlin
• "Now we're disappointed. At least I am." - Brian Vickers
• "The beauty of it is keeping Kyle from getting 10 points. He's so fast you can't give him any room." - Carl Edwards
• "I'm not sure if he sandbags halfway through or what." - Kyle Busch on Carl Edwards

RacingOne Rating

On a scale of one to 10 delicious Michigan peaches (mmm, they are good) we'll give Sunday's 3M Performance 400 a six. It wasn't a fuel mileage race but the long green flag runs did spread out the field in the middle portions and made things a bit tedious to watch. But some drama at the end with cautions and pit stops with Edwards holding off Busch to the finish line. The Chase shuffle is on with three races to go and next it's off to Bristol for the annual August craziness that will have significant championship implications this season.

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