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Carl Edwards wins NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event

Carl Edwards won the Food City 500, a NASCAR Sprint Cup series race in Bristol, Tenn., after rain delays of more than five hours.

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – After two rain delays lasting more than five hours, a slick racetrack wasn’t going to stop Carl Edwards from celebrating his first victory of the season.

He pulled his Ford to the start/finish line at Bristol Motor Speedway, climbed out to his window ledge and prepared for his celebratory back flip.

Then Edwards had a moment of clarity.

“Oh, man, I thought, ‘This is stupid. I shouldn’t do this ... It’s awfully glossy. It might be slick,’ ” he said. “I didn’t want to stick it perfectly and have my feet go that way and break my arm on the concrete.”

But after Sunday’s Food City 500, Edwards was going for the big finish to another long day for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The start was delayed by almost two hours and the field got to Lap 124 before the sky opened again, and the race was stopped for another 3:18.

Much like the season-opening Daytona 500, which was stopped by rain for 6 hours, 22 minutes, the threat of more bad weather bringing a sudden halt to the race caused drivers to go hard every lap.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second and Aric Almirola was third.

Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw finished eighth and Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., was 12th.

Rosberg wins F1 opener

MELBOURNE, Australia – Formula One’s season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull was disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag by a margin of 24.5 seconds.

Ricciardo had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race. Red Bull officials said they will appeal the decision, which resulted in McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen being promoted to second place.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and four-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel were onlookers after six laps. Both suffered engine failures, illustrating the difficulties teams are having with the sport’s new V6 hybrid engines.


Robert Hight (Funny Car), Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) and Steve Johnson (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won titles at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

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