After examination his 3 Joe Gibbs Racing teammates all humour identical fates during Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards no doubt remained shaken via his run to Victory Lane in Sunday’s Food City 500.
It didn’t even matter that his No. 19 JGR Toyota clearly was a category of a margin after starting from a pole.
“Man, there were so many opposite things function out there. Different guys were quick during opposite times,” Edwards told FOX Sports.
But no one was faster longer, or some-more consistently, than Edwards.
And while Edwards led a race-high 276 laps en lane to his initial feat of a 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, a other 3 cars in a JGR fast all suffered vital issues that betimes finished their days.
That was on Edwards’ mind all a approach adult until he took a mottled flag.
“There was some concern,” Edwards admitted. “But for some reason with a automobile we didn’t have any of those issues. … This organisation doesn’t quit. And (crew chief) Dave (Rogers) is awesome. He can roughly review my mind during a race. He’d tell me things during a competition right when we indispensable them. So it was only a good day.”
There were a season-high 15 cautions in a race, including dual in a final 15 laps.
That set adult a final restart with 5 laps remaining, with Edwards lined adult as a personality on a outward of a front quarrel and Kurt Busch on a inside, and with Dale Earnhardt Jr., who mounted an implausible comeback, pulling Edwards from behind in a second row.
With Earnhardt pushing, Edwards pulled divided from a margin on a restart and could finally relax.
Earnhardt finished second after his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet unsuccessful to take off with a rest of a margin during a unequivocally start of a competition and he fell scarcely 3 laps down roughly immediately.
He spent a rest of a afternoon doggedly operative his approach behind to a front, and benefitted severely from some of a late cautions that helped him urge his lane position.
Meanwhile, Kyle Busch’s hopes of a third true Sprint Cup feat went divided early — and mostly — in Sunday’s race.
On Lap 52 of a 500-lap event, Busch’s No. 18 JGR Toyota blew a right-front tire and strike a wall. Then after creation repairs for that incident, on Lap 117, a organisation of cars checked adult in front of Busch and Chris Buescher ran into a behind of him, promulgation Busch’s spinning out and bringing out a day’s third counsel flag.
Busch’s day went from bad to worse on Lap 260 when he mislaid another right-front tire and strike a wall tough adequate to send his automobile to a garage.
“We only kept removing tighter in a prolonged run,” pronounced Busch. “Not certain because that was. We had a unequivocally good automobile yesterday; fastest in use and felt unequivocally good about things for today. Guess it only wasn’t meant to be.”
Busch’s teammate, Matt Kenseth, suffered a identical fate, attack a wall twice after right-front tires failed. And only like with Busch, a second time Kenseth’s JGR Toyota strike a wall, it went to a garage, all hopes of winning dashed.
“We only keep floating right front tires, we don’t know why,” pronounced Kenseth. “The initial one was a small confusing, we knew we blew a right front, though we suspicion they were revelation me it wasn’t prosaic so we was a small confused. This one only blew a lot progressing and a angle was a lot worse attack a wall.”
Denny Hamlin also ran into troubles during a race, initial with a front-right buffer descending off after a brush with a wall, and afterwards when he blew a tire of his possess and finished his day — withdrawal Edwards as a sole JGR Toyota means to equivocate problems on a day.
Other big-name drivers were victims of penalties on array road, including Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson for speeding and Joey Logano’s organisation for losing control of a tire.
Edwards survived it all to acquire his initial win of a deteriorate and bind a mark in a 2016 Chase for a Sprint Cup that determines a season’s champion over a final 10 races of a year.
“Just awesome. Now we’re in a Chase and we can go have some fun,” Edwards said. “That’s only so cool.”