(WOMR file photo)
After seventy (70) races, Carl Edwards is “relevent” again!
Edwards led the field to the checkered flag Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Speedway, ending seventy races without a win!
“One of the coolest wins of my life,” Edwards said in Victory Lane.
Edwards appeared headed to an easy win as he had a comfortable lead with three laps to go. But a caution flag waved, and that sent the race to a green/white/checkered finish.
On the restart, Edwards got a push from Keselowski, and bolted out to a two car length lead. Johnson finished second, Denny Hamlin – who made an apron-pass on the final lap – finished third, and Keselowski fourth. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who led a lot of laps in the second half of the race, was fifth.
“When you’re struggling, it seems like time slows down,” Edwards said. “You’re working harder, you’re trying more, you’re questioning yourself more. … (Last year) was one of the longest years of my life, to work that hard and not get the victories.
“I’m very, very happy to be back in the mix here. A victory is huge for so many reasons. Last year we didn’t make the Chase. For me to sit home, while everybody was at the Chase stuff in Vegas, that was a little bit of a shock to me. I did not like that at all.”
“So to get a victory helps us be in a better position for the Chase. It just feels good to win. So, yeah, I hope Denny’s right. I hope we’re relevant or more than relevant all year. I hope we dominate this thing.”
Edwards’ #99 Ford Fusion led 67 straight green-flag laps after the restart on Lap 243, but Ken Schrader’s crash on Lap 309 sent the race to overtime, and gave the crew chiefs of the leading cars nervous moments as they tried to recalculate fuel mileage.
Just as an added note, Danica crashed hard into the turn four retaining wall, the results of a blown right front tire. Sorry about your little car, Tony!
Check out the unofficial results from the Subway Fresh Fit 500.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!