Bristol II: Goodyear Racing race report

Race recap: After alternating the lead with Kasey Kahne over the first 357 laps of the race, Carl Edwards assumed control after a series of green flag pit stops and went on to lead the final 130 laps en route to his Nextel Cup victory at Bristol...

Race recap: After alternating the lead with Kasey Kahne over the first 357 laps of the race, Carl Edwards assumed control after a series of green flag pit stops and went on to lead the final 130 laps en route to his Nextel Cup victory at Bristol on Saturday night, which assured him a spot in the Chase to the Championship.

Kahne actually controlled the first two-thirds of the race, leading 305 of those first 357 laps, but it was Edwards who took control at the right time. He cycled back into the lead on lap 371 of 500 and stayed out front the rest of the way, finishing 1.405 seconds ahead Kahne.

Edwards maintained his lead through the final six restarts resulting from a series of caution flags that dominated the late going. After not having a yellow flag fly for the first 126 laps of the event, the race was slowed by nine cautions over the final 374 circuits.

Jeff Gordon remains on top of the overall standings with just two races left before the series' "playoffs" begin. He currently leads Tony Stewart by 349 points. Kurt Busch had another strong run at Bristol and holds a 158-point advantage over Dale Earnhardt Jr. and 175 margin over Ryan Newman for the 12th and final transfer spot.

Goodyear quote -- Phil Holmer: "We brought the same right-side tire code from this spring back to Bristol, but we built a slightly more conservative left-side tire due to the concrete surface being re-done this summer. This combination of Goodyear Eagles performed flawlessly all weekend, including during a Nextel Cup race that featured modern-era record green flag runs."

Companion events: Kasey Kahne led just 10 laps, but went on to edge Jason Leffler and David Reutimann to win the NASCAR Busch Series race at Bristol on Friday night. Johnny Benson pitted only once, just past the halfway mark, and won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event on Wednesday night. Carl Edwards (Busch) and Mike Skinner (Craftsman Truck) maintained their championship points leads in the two series.

-credit: goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Mike Skinner , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Johnny Benson , Kasey Kahne , David Reutimann , Carl Edwards