Edwards Reigns at Texas
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on November 6, 2016 | 11:14 P.M. EST
Edwards won for the fourth time at Texas. (Photo: Getty Images)
Carl Edwards erased a 32-point deficit for the cutoff in the Chase by winning Sunday's rain-shortened AAA Texas 500 and will now join Jimmie Johnson in the Championship 4.
Edwards got out front in what turned out to be the final pit stop of the night and stayed in the lead up until rain hit Texas Motor Speedway on lap 293.
"(Crew chief) Dave (Rogers) and the guys got me off pit road first. That's what won it for us," Edwards said. "Our pit crew has worked really hard this year, so I can't thank them enough."
Edwards earned a spot to run for the Sprint Cup Series championship with his victory that moves him to the championship race in two weeks.
It was his third win of the season and 28th of Edwards’ Sprint Cup Series career.
Logano was trying to run down Edwards but the weather cut short his chance to win.
“We were making up about three-tenths a lap when the caution came out, it is what it is. We are disappointed with second which is a good thing. I think we are in right now but it sure would have been nice to be locked in. It sure would make it easier next week.”
Martin Truex Jr., Chase Elliott and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five.
Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman completed the top-10 finishers.
With Edwards and last week’s Martinsville winner Johnson locking up berths in the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Logano and Kyle Busch hold the next two spots in the point standings. Matt Kenseth is one point below the cut off with Denny Hamlin two.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series now heads to Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday afternoon.
How Edwards Won: He was able to take the lead on pit road on a late race stop getting the top spot away from Truex Jr. on the exchange. That proved to be the winning move as Edwards was ahead of the field when rain ended the race 41 laps from its scheduled conclusion.
Who Had a Good Day: Logano’s second-place finish helped keep him ahead in the Chase standings. His runner-up performance came after starting second on Sunday…Elliott battled flu-like symptoms during the day and was able to muscle home a top-five finish….Kyle Busch was forced to a backup car after a crash in practice. He also received damage when he hit debris during the race, but after starting 24th Busch was able to get a top-five finish.
Who Had a Bad Day: Austin Dillon started from the pole but the rest of his night went very wrong. He spun while racing David Ragan to bring out caution late in the race without causing too much damage. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case with 71 laps to go when he made hard contact with the wall after getting touched by Kevin Harvick racing for position. That triggered a multi-car accident that also caught up Casey Mears and Brian Scott.
What Else Happened: Weather plagued the day with rain and wet conditions delaying the start of the race by more than six hours. Once the green flag flew, passing was at a premium on track with pit road a key. That was never more true than when Edwards’ team was able to get him the top spot on his final trip to pit road, a move that propelled him to Victory Lane.
Quotable: “It would be awfully dangerous to start this race right now,” Edwards after he took the lead on pit road as light rain was being reported around the track.
Notable: Logano led 178 laps, his most in a race at Texas and in a race this season…Truex Jr. finished in the top 10 in his last four Texas starts, his longest ever streak at the track…It was Edwards’ first win in a rain-shortened event.
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