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AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Carl Edwards pulled away on a late start to snap a 70-race winless streak Sunday in the Subway Fresh Fit 500, the second long drought he's ended at Phoenix International Raceway in his career.
Edwards broke the longest slump of his career by winning at Phoenix in 2010. He won Sunday for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011 by leading the final 78 laps on the 312-mile race around PIR's oddly shaped oval.
Coming off a miserable week at Daytona, where he wrecked five cars, Edwards got a push from defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski on the restart with two laps left. He pulled away to win the first non-restrictor-plate race with NASCAR's new Gen-6 car.
Edwards did his celebratory backflip for the first time in nearly two years, then went into the stands to celebrate with the fans -- just like he did after his last win at PIR.
Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson was second by inches and Denny Hamlin finished third with a bold pass on the apron during the final lap. Keselowski was fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. ended up fifth.
The last race at Phoenix, in November, set up Keselowski for his first Sprint Cup title after Johnson blew a tire. It also featured quite a sideshow.
A running feud between Clint Bowyer and Jeff Gordon boiled over late in the race, setting off a brawl in the pits and Bowyer on a WWE-style dash to Gordon's hauler.
The drivers tried to downplay the confrontation after arriving in the desert this week, but it's been hard to avoid, with video of the scrap-and-dash being shown all over in promos for the race and in replays.
The only running this time was by Ryan Newman -- across the track and away from his car after it blew a right-front tire for the second time in 140 laps.
Inside his car, Mark Martin failed in his bid to become the oldest Sprint Cup winner.
The 54-year-old became the second-oldest driver to start up front in a Sprint Cup car, a few months short of Harry Gant's mark. Martin led the first 49 laps and 26 more later on, but couldn't sustain it in his bid to become the oldest Sprint Cup winner, finishing 21st.
Danica Patrick had a rough follow-up to her breakthrough week at the Daytona 500.
She became the first woman to win a pole and lead green-flag laps during NASCAR's season-opener, sending her popularity to a new level.
Patrick couldn't stay with the leaders at Phoenix, ending her day with one of the hardest hits of her career. It happened with about 100 laps left, when the right-front tire on Patrick's No. 10 Chevrolet went down and slammed her into the wall.
Patrick's car careened back into David Ragan, flipping her hood over the windshield and shredding the left front fender as protective foam from the driver's side door flew onto the track.
She came to a stop along the inside wall with a trail of debris covering about half the home straightaway behind her. She climbed from the car and was quickly cleared by the medical center.
"Whenever those right-fronts go, they always hit hard because you don't broadside, you hit more straight on," said Patrick, who finished 39th. "It took a hard hit both sides and I'm fine, so NASCAR is doing a good job at safety. But no real good warning. The car wasn't all that tight and most of the (problems) were in the rear, so there was no real vibration that told me that was going to happen."
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Phoenix- Carl Edwards earned his first NASCAR Sprint Cup victory in nearly two years as he took his No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion to victory in the Subway Fresh Fit 500 today at the Phoenix International Raceway.
Edwards led a race-high 122 Laps today after starting the afternoon from the 15th place position.
Everyone was curious today on how the new gen-6 cars would run as NASCAR VP...
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Carl Edwards pulled away on a late start to snap a 70-race winless streak Sunday, the second-longest drought he’s ended at Phoenix International Raceway.
Edwards broke the longest slump of his career by winning at Phoenix in 2010. He won for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011 by leading the final 78 laps of the 312-mile race around PIR’s odd-shaped oval...
Edwards in the 500: Carl Edwards will return to the Subway Fresh Fit 500 where he has one pole, two top-five and five top-10 finishes. This will be Edwards’ ninth start in the spring Phoenix race.
Edwards at Phoenix: In 17 starts at the one-mile track, Edwards has one win, six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His average start is 11.8 and average finish is 12.5. Edwards has won...
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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AVONDALE, Ariz.—The number is 70 — and no longer counting.
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Edwards ends 70-race drought with Phoenix victory.
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It took almost two years but, Carl Edwards finally got back to victory lane Sunday afternoon in Phoenix. Edwards stayed up front for most of the race and he controlled the final seventy laps from the lead. Next week at Las Vegas would have been the two year mark since Edwards’ last win but, now that stat is thrown out the window since Edwards has finally got...
Carl Edwards snapped his 70 race winless streak and won the Subway Fresh Fit 500 from the Phoenix International Raceway. It was the first win for Ford with the new Generation 6 race cars. The next highest finishing Ford Racing driver was Brad Keselowski who came home in the fourth place. Below is post-race comments by both those drivers and a few other Ford Racing drivers.
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