Carl Edwards wins NASCAR road-course event
Carl Edwards posted his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course victory when he held off Jeff Gordon in Sonoma, Calif.
The Associated Press
SONOMA, Calif. – Carl Edwards made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports’ five-race winning streak at NASCAR’s highest level.
Edwards stopped the Hendrick juggernaut with a victory in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, the first career victory for Edwards on a road course. The success came a week after Roush Fenway Racing was shut out in Michigan, where it failed to put a car in the top 10 for the first time since 2000.
Edwards took the lead on a restart with 25 laps left and five-time Sonoma winner Jeff Gordon nearly chased him down on the final lap.
“That’s the best I’ve got and it almost wasn’t good enough,” Edwards said. “That last lap was ugly.
“I grew up watching Jeff Gordon do well here, so to have him in my mirror, that is very special.”
It wasn’t a bad day for the Hendrick organization, which had all four of its drivers — including Kasey Kahne of Enumclaw — finishing in the top seven.
Kahne bounced back from an early flat tire to be sixth.
Roush Fenway driver Greg Biffle of Vancouver, Wash., placed ninth.
Gordon, the Sprint Cup Series points leader, wound up second. He said he made a mistake in overdriving a turn with about five laps to go.
• Formula One returned to business as usual, as Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton at the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg for the sixth 1-2 finish by Mercedes in eight F1 races this season.
• Ron Capps raced to his first victory of the season and 41st overall, winning the Funny Car division at the NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H.
Other winners were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Dave Connolly (Pro Stock) and Angie Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle).
Smith posted her first career victory, defeating husband-teammate Matt Smith in the first wife-husband final in an NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event.