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NASCAR Cup: Carl Edwards wins late race at Texas

Carl Edwards wins the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 6, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

Carl Edwards wins the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Nov. 6, 2016 (photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR).

By AMANDA VINCENT

Wet weather toyed with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing schedule at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on Sunday, delaying the start of the race by several hours and then shortening the event from a scheduled 334 laps to 293 laps. Carl Edwards was the leader at the premature end of the race to claim his third win of the season but his first of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, two races into the round of eight. With the win, Edwards joins Jimmie Johnson as the two drivers already guaranteed two of spots in the four-driver championship battle in the season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 20.
“This is huge,” Edwards said. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. This is cool. This team is really worked hard all year, and man, it’s just really cool. That’s all we said we needed was a shot, and now, we’re going to Homestead, and we’re going to do what we have to do. This was a great test. We came here and knew what we had to do. We performed the way we needed to, and I really believe we can do that at Homestead.”
Joey Logano finished second after dominating the first half of the race and leading a race-high 178 laps.
“We had a good AAA Fusion that was capable of winning the race. We just lost our track position on a green-flag cycle and got our balance off a little bit,” Logano said. “We got it fixed and got it going and had a good restart at the end to get back to second, but it seemed like we needed maybe five or 10 more laps to try to catch the 19 (Edwards), there.
Martin Truex Jr. finished third, and Chase Elliott finished fourth, despite battling flu-like symptoms. Kyle Busch rounded out the top-five.
After taking the lead from pole sitter Austin Dillon at the start of the race, Logano led most of the first half before losing ground to Truex during a round of green-flag stops just past the halfway point of the race. Truex, then, ran up front before Edwards beat him off pit road to restart in the top spot on lap 261. Edwards led the rest of the way.
“Looked like we were in position to have a shot at winning,” Truex said. “Then, the last pit stop, we had a little bit of an issue. Then, inside restarts after that are just really tough. The leader on the outside has a bit advantage. I guess, all in all, happy with third, but wish we could have won tonight.”
The yellow flag waved, again, though, on that restart because of a multi-car incident that was set off by contact between Kevin Harvick and Dillon that sent Dillon to the garage, retiring from the race.
“He (Harvick) sucked down on my door all the way, like on it,” Dillon said. “I get it; you’ve got to hold a guy down, but he sucked down on my door and got me tight. That is the reason I slid up in front of him, and then, he didn’t lift; he just turned me. There are two more weeks left (in the season).”
Harvick accepted responsibility for the incident but claimed no ill-intent.
“I just want to apologize to the 3 (Dillon),” Harvick said. “He kind of came up, there, and he slid in front of me and got loose, and when he checked up, I hit him again. That was not anything I wanted to see.”
Six of the remaining eight Chase drivers left Texas with top-10 race finishes. Joining Edwards, Logano and Busch in the top-10 were Harvick in sixth, matt Kenseth in seventh and Denny Hamlin in ninth.
Johnson finished 11th after pitting during the final yellow flag of the race for rain. The race never restarted. Kurt Busch finished 20th after struggling throughout the race.
 

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