Carl Edwards Finally Breaks His Long Winless Streak

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The Sprint Cup drivers have moved out west this weekend to Phoenix for 312 laps of action packed racing. Mark Martin won the poll for the event. At his age he became the second oldest driver in Sprint Cup history to win a poll.

The races started off with Mark Martin leading laps and at lap 21 it was Scott Riggs that brought out the first caution as he blew a tire. This caution brought in the cars in the back for service. After the green flag dropped again and Marl continued leading laps until the next caution came out at lap 48 for Kyle Busch who spins out and smacks the wall.

This caution brought in the cars up front, but a small bunch stays out for track position. During this caution Martin Truex Jr. and his car went really bad and behind the wall for repairs. Three green flag drops and Greg Biffle this time gets to lead a bunch of green flag laps. At lap 64 Mark Martin makes an unscheduled pit stop to replace some bad tires. On the next lap though Juan Pablo Montoya takes the lead as Dave Blaney smacks the wall to bring out the caution. This saved Mark Martin from staying one laps down.
After the green flag dropped again it was time for Greg Biffle to lead more laps. The next caution came out at lap 95 for Ryan Newman and his car that spun out. This caution save a bunch of cars from making a green flag pit stop. The caution though brought in the
leaders, but Mark Martin stays out to get the race lead.

After the green flag drop Mark Martin started off leading the laps as Brad Keselowski started to get hot. Brad was finally able to get the race lead on lap 127. At lap 141 the next caution came out saving Mark Martin big time as he had to make a green flag pit stop soon. This caution was for Ryan Newman again that smacked the wall hard.

After the green flag dropped it was Carl Edwards who was leading laps with Jimmie Johnson stuck in second place.
At lap 185 it was caution time again as Danica Patrick how blows a tire and then smacks the wall. Then David Ragan with nowhere to go whacks Danica hard and takes off a bunch of car parts from her car.

"Took a hard hit, both sides," said Danica Patrick. "We were making progress."

This caution brought in the leaders with Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading the cars off pit road. As the green flag laps continued to go down Dale was leading more and more laps. Dale Kept on the leading the laps and with 76 laps left the David Gilliland car smacks the wall hard. The leaders pit and cars up front take two tires with Carl Edwards winning the race off pit road.

Carl Edwards got the best of the restart to lead a bunch more laps. With 65 laps left Kyle Busch lost it, but did not bring out the caution. As the green flag laps continued Carl Edwards started to slow it down a bit to save fuel. Both Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski started to close on in to Carl. With 15 laps left Brad Keslelowski was right behind Jimmie for second place. With three laps left the caution came out for Ken Schrader brings out the caution for a blown tire. This brought out the green/white checker finish.

Cars up front stay out while a few lead lap cars pit four fuel. During the caution the Landon Cassill car stopped on the track extending the overtime period a bit. At the drop of the green flag Brad Keselowksi shoved Carl Edwards into the race lead, but Brad could not keep second place.

On the final lap Denny Hamlin makes a bold move to go three wide and took second place, but Jimmie Johnson was able to barely beat him at the line for second as Carl Edwards finally wins a race after going winless for 70 races.

"I don't know where to start," said Carl Edwards. "This is huge." He also stated this is one of the coolest wins of his life.

"Great pit stops," said Jimmie Johnson.

"Just so hard to pass," said Denny Hamlin. "It was a good day."

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