Originally written on Jocks and Stiletto Jill  |  Last updated 10/13/14

CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 15: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series NASCAR Banking 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 15, 2009 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Carl Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak this weekend in NASCAR action at the Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards had a rough 2012 season, missing the Chase for the championship. His downward spiral continued at Daytona, where he wrecked five cars. On his way out of Florida, Edwards said he was ready to dominate and win at Phoenix. He did just that, leading the final 78 laps on the 312-lap race around PIR’s odd-shaped oval in the first non-restrictor-plate race with NASCAR’s new Gen-6 car. Edwards got a good push from defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski on the restart with two laps left and pulled away from there, winning for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011. After parking his car at the finish line, Edwards landed his first backflip in nearly two years and celebrated with the fans — just like he did at PIR after ending another 70-race winless streak in 2010. Wondering how Danica Patrick did? He hit a wall. There’s always next weekend thought. The beauty of NASCAR.  
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