At the end of Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500, NASCAR fans finally got to see a move that they have not seen in over 70 Sprint Cup races.
So, what was the big move? A back-flip from Carl Edwards.
You could see the excitement in his face as he finally got to climb back on to the window frame of his No. 99 Ford at the finish line and perform a move that fans, and Edwards, wondered if and when they would see again.
Holding off a persistent Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin on the final laps, Edwards finally took the checkered flag since his last win in Las Vegas almost two years ago. After a string of bad luck and misfortune over last season, many wondered if Edwards still had the “drive”. After Sunday’s race, it was easy to see that he still does.
In Edwards’ second win at Phoenix, many found it ironic that it was also there that Edwards took a win and ended a 70 race winless streak back in 2010.
After a 33rd place finish at the season opener in Daytona, Edwards was excited for his quick rebound and a win in the second race of the NASCAR season. With three laps left and a fast approaching Johnson, a single car wreck from Ken Schrader brought out a late caution and set the field up for a “green-white-checker” finish. Several teams were running low on fuel and a caution meant extra laps and the need to conserve and stretch as much as possible.
Taking his spot on the inside, Edwards got a push from Brad Keselowski on the restart that pretty much set him up for victory. Keselowski later stated that he wished he had taken that push as an opportunity to make a pass on Edwards, but felt like he would have ultimately ended up wrecking him in the process.
Rounding out the top five were Johnson, Hamlin, Keselowski and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Earnhardt also had a strong car on Sunday leading 47 laps.
Pole-sitter Mark Martin looked strong early and led 75 laps, but fell back in the second half of the race to end with a 21st place finish.
This week, the Sprint Cup Series will roll into Las Vegas for the Kobalt Tools 400, where last year’s winner Tony Stewart looks to defend his title. Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. ET.
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Written by Ashley Gulick
Sports Journalism is my passion! I keep up with the latest news on pro/college football, NASCAR and baseball....and just about everthing else. I grew up in Talladega, Ala., but moved to Georgia when I was 15. From a young age, I always knew that I wanted to be involved with sports somehow. Once I got into college and completed my degree in Communications, I knew that I had a passion for sports journalism. I have covered sports for the Kennesaw Sentinel (KSU's student paper), Marietta Daily Journal and Douglas County Sentinel.