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Edwards beats rain, field at Bristol

In Rain ruined Food City 500
Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Carl Edwards
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Carl Edwards had to wade through roughly five hours of rain delays and furious on-track action, but it was well worth it as he took the checkered in the Food City 500 for his first win of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday night, likely punching a ticket to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint in the process.

Edwards was followed by teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Stewart and Marcos Ambrose to complete the top-five, which was comprised of four Ford Fusions and Stewart's Chevrolet SS. It's Edwards' third win at Bristol.

Positions six through 10 were Coors Light Pole Award winner Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers and rookie Kyle Larson.

Due to rain, the race started two hours late and another stoppage came when rain hit the track before the race reached 250 laps, prompting another three-hour delay. The race also ended under yellow-checkered, as rain started coming down with two laps to go as a track light malfunctioned and Edwards was leading.

Cars wait on pit road for rain delay
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In what ended up being a wild race under the lights -- much like the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway -- one of the event's stranger moments came when Timmy Hill rammed the No. 20 of Matt Kenseth from behind, after Kenseth had checked up because of an accident in front of him. Kenseth lined up 30th on the following restart and before long found himself to the front of the field to lead a race-high 164 laps.

Kenseth looked to be on cruise control for his first win of the season, but late in the race got loose and brushed the wall, giving up too much track position to regain the lead. He finished 13th.

Kevin Harvick led 28 laps and had what looked like a top-five car but started smoking with less than 50 laps to go. Jamie McMurray slowed to avoid Harvick, but Keselowski got into the back of No. 1. As Harvick was driving his No. 4 Chevrolet SS back to pit road, it caught on fire and was engulfed in flames. Luckily, Harvick was uninjured, but finished 39th.

Keselowski's crew was able to fix his No. 2 during the ensuing caution, helping him to a 14th-place finish. The 2012 Cup champion takes over the points lead from Dale Earnhardt Jr., who had held it since opening the season with his second Daytona 500 victory. Earnhardt finished 24th in the race.

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson led 44 laps in the early going, but had a right front tire go down before the delay and never recovered. He finished in 19th.

Early in the race, Joey Logano's No. 22 Team Penske Ford Fusion lost its power steering, an issue that was fixed by the time the cars rolled back out after the delay, but he still racked up his worst finish of the season in 20th.

Results

Pos No. Driver Make Start Laps Led Status
1 99 Carl Edwards Ford 12 503 78 Running
2 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Ford 21 503 0 Running
3 43 Aric Almirola Ford 23 503 0 Running
4 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 37 503 0 Running
5 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 5 503 0 Running
6 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 1 503 4 Running
7 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 6 503 0 Running
8 5 Kasey Kahne Chevrolet 10 503 16 Running
9 55 Brian Vickers Toyota 38 503 0 Running
10 42 Kyle Larson Chevrolet 20 503 0 Running
11 3 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 26 503 0 Running
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 8 503 0 Running
13 20 Matt Kenseth Toyota 3 503 165 Running
14 2 Brad Keselowski Ford 2 503 40 Running
15 15 Clint Bowyer Toyota 15 503 5 Running
16 31 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 9 503 0 Running
17 51 Justin Allgaier Chevrolet 30 502 0 Running
18 10 Danica Patrick Chevrolet 36 502 0 Running
19 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 11 501 44 Running
20 22 Joey Logano Ford 4 500 12 Running
21 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 28 500 0 Running
22 38 David Gilliland Ford 16 500 0 Running
23 98 Josh Wise Chevrolet 32 499 0 Running
24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr Chevrolet 14 499 0 Running
25 47 AJ Allmendinger Chevrolet 22 498 0 Running
26 7 Michael Annett Chevrolet 34 497 0 Running
27 13 Casey Mears Chevrolet 25 497 0 Running
28 36 Reed Sorenson Chevrolet 35 497 0 Running
29 18 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 496 73 Running
30 40 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 31 496 0 Running
31 34 David Ragan Ford 19 495 0 Running
32 23 Alex Bowman Toyota 33 493 0 Running
33 32 Travis Kvapil Ford 39 491 0 Running
34 30 Parker Kligerman Toyota 41 487 0 Running
35 41 Kurt Busch Chevrolet 13 473 28 Running
36 78 Martin Truex Jr Chevrolet 29 471 0 Running
37 95 Michael McDowell Ford 24 469 0 Running
38 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 17 453 10 Accident
39 4 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 27 450 28 Accident
40 26 Cole Whitt Toyota 18 430 0 Running
41 66 Joe Nemechek Toyota 42 322 0 Rear Gear
42 83 Ryan Truex Toyota 40 271 0 Accident
43 33 Timmy Hill Chevrolet 43 160 0 Accident

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