By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Sport Clips sponsored driver Carl Edwards has won the AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. With the win, Edwards advances to the Championship 4 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The Missouri-born driver won for the third time this season. He also won at Bristol and Richmond.
“I actually enjoyed [the race],” Edwards said in his post-race interview on Victory Lane. “Obviously, this is what we had to do. The guys got me off pit road first and that’s what won it for me. We’ve got a shot at the championship at Homestead and that’s all we wanted.”
He now has 28 career wins. Due to rain, the race was stopped with 41 laps to go.
NASCAR officials called the race with Edwards being declared the winner several minutes after the stoppage. Despite the win, Edwards is currently seventh in the Drivers’ Championship points.
He moved up from eighth to seventh with this win. Kurt Busch dropped two spots to eigth.
Kevin Harvick remained sixth, while Denny Hamlin fell three sports to fifth. Matt Kenseth also dropped one spot to fourth.
Jimmie Johnson remained at the top spot. Joey Logano improved three spots after this race to the second spot. Kyle Busch also improved one spot to a third-place finish.
AAA Insurance-sponsored driver Joey Logano finished second for Team Penske. Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats-sponsored driver Martin Truex Jr. was the third-place finisher for his Barney Visser team.
Logano led a race-high 178 laps. Truex Jr., Edwards, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch led multiple laps, while Denny Hamlin and David Hagan led one lap each.
“Being that close to winning and [leading] the most laps, second stings,” Logano said. “That’s our goal every week, is to win. Anything short of that is a failure. I feel like we were so close to that today. But ultimately, we did gain some points. We’re in right now. We were out going into this race. So, you know, we did the best we could as far as leading laps and getting that bonus point, or those two bonus points with the most laps led as well. But we didn’t get the win part. That would have been nice.”
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