Sunday, May 24, 2015

Edwards Wins Coca-Cola 600

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Carl Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 from Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Edwards won after stretching his fuel mileage to the limit late in the race.  Edwards said it was his crew chief Darian Grubb who got him to victory lane.
Photo courtesy Adam Neimeyer

“Darian does such a good job, and ever since Tony [Stewart] and I battled for that championship, I’ve wanted to work with him,” Edwards said.  “That’s what he does on the box, he takes a mediocre day like that and he puts us in a good position.”

Edwards, who moved from Roush-Fenway Racing to Joe Gibbs Racing in the offseason, picked up his first victory for JGR.  Edwards said he hopes this victory is the first of many.

“I was the slowest of the group tonight, and I just had the best guys on pit road,” Edwards said.  “Hopefully all that bad luck we’ve had is equaled out by the good luck today.”

Martin Truex Jr. had the strongest car of the night, leading 131 of 400 laps.  Truex had to pit late in the race for fuel, and ended up finishing fifth when the leaders didn’t run out of gas.  Truex said his team is on the right track and just needs some luck to get to victory lane.

“I don’t know what to do about fuel mileage races,” Truex said.  “I’ve never…come out on the right end of them.”

“We just got to keep plugging away and sooner or later we’re going to get a little bit of luck on our side.  It hurts to come home fifth and lead that many laps, but at the same time, it’s pretty awesome to run like that too.”

Unofficial results:

1. Carl Edwards
2. Greg Biffle
3. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
4. Matt Kenseth
5. Martin Truex Jr.
6. Ryan Newman
7. Brad Keselowski
8. Denny Hamlin
9. Kevin Harvick
10. Kurt Busch
11. Kyle Busch
12. Kasey Kahne
13. Joey Logano
14. Paul Menard
15. Jeff Gordon
16. Austin Dillon
17. Aric Almirola
18. Chase Elliott
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Clint Bowyer
21. Tony Stewart
22. Danica Patrick
23. Casey Mears
24. Sam Hornish Jr.
25. Kyle Larson
26. Alex Bowman
27. Trevor Bayne
28. Cole Whitt
29. AJ Allmendinger
30. Michael McDowell
31. Brett Moffitt
32. Michael Annett
33. David Gilliland
34. Matt DiBenedetto
35. Josh Wise
36. Alex Kennedy
37. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
38. J.J. Yeley
39. Landon Cassill
40. Jimmie Johnson
41. David Ragan
42. Ryan Blaney
43. Justin Allgaier

Photo courtesy Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Shoutout to Adam Niemeyer for the picture of Carl Edwards at the top of the post.  For more work from him, check out his blog.

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