Edwards Sonoma Road Warrior

Carl Edwards

It was Edwards’ 23rd career Sprint Cup Series victory. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Carl Edwards scored his first career road course Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Edwards held off Jeff Gordon to win his second race of the season joining Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. in notching multiple victories this year.

“Real tough. That last lap was ugly. I grew up watching Jeff Gordon do well here so to have him in my mirror is special," Edwards said.

"This team has been working very hard. The whole group has. It's very special to be a part of something like this.”

The Roush Fenway Racing driver was the tenth different winner in the last ten races held at the 1.99-mile northern California road circuit. It was Edwards’ 23rd career Sprint Cup Series victory.

The wins also stopped the five race-winning streak by Hendrick Motorsports.

Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., pole sitter Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard rounded out the top five.
Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Clint Bowyer completed the first ten finishers.

Gordon is the point leader by 20 over Johnson in the Sprint Cup Series standings with Earnhardt Jr., Kenseth and Brad Keselowski the top five.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Kentucky Speedway for next Saturday night’s Quaker State 400

How Edwards won: A two-tire pit stop helped give Edwards track position and he was able to muscle his way into the lead around Marcos Ambrose after a lap 86 restart and was able to stay in front to score the win.

What else happened: It was a typical rough and tumble day in Sonoma with a variety of incidents and high emotions. Dale Earnhardt Jr. found himself in the middle of a couple run-ins making contact with Matt Kenseth, who slammed into a tire barrier and destroyed his car. Earnhardt also touched early race leader AJ Allmendinger triggering another incident that damaged the JTG Daugherty Racing entry.

Who else had a good day: Earnhardt Jr. had his best career finish at Sonoma with his third-place performance….Fourth place McMurray has his best finish of the 2014 season…..Paul Menard had his ninth top-10 finish of the year matching a career high.

Who had a bad day: Allmendinger led a race-high 35 laps but wound up finishing 37th….Kevin Harvick was involved in an incident involving McMurray and Bowyer and was credited with a 20th-place finish….Tony Stewart was penalized for speeding on pit road for a second straight week and finished 19th…Kyle Larson had power steering issues and finished 28th….Brad Keselowski battled an ill handling car all day and came home 22nd…Kenseth had his first Sonoma DNF in 15 starts.

Quote of the day: "I deserved to get spun out. Probably going to get spun out three or four more times, as bad as we are," Brad Keselowski, after early race incident with Kyle Busch

Other notables: Ambrose had his third top-10 finish of the year and sixth straight at Sonoma….Biffle’s ninth-place finish gave Roush Fenway Racing two drivers in the top 10….Casey Mears survived an early race incident and drove home to a 13th-place finish.

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