Dover, Del. Weather: Sunny, mid 80s Winner: Carl Edwards, driver of the ...
Weather: Sunny, mid 80s
Winner: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Home Depot Ford from Roush Fenway Racing
Top-five finishers: Edwards, Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Mark Martin and Kyle Busch
Race recap: Four hundred laps at Dover International Speedway's Monster Mile were a handful on Sunday as just six of the 43 starters finished on the lead lap. At the front for the final 38 laps of 400 was Carl Edwards, who earned his seventh career victory in 113 series starts.
He took the checkered flag 0.671 seconds ahead of Biffle and averaged 101.846 mph through the race in the Car of Tomorrow, which will run a full schedule in 2008.
Edwards prevailed through five late-race cautions, including one accident that impacted 10 cars and brought out an 11-minute red flag stop. The pileup was triggered by the car of Kurt Busch contacting the wall at lap 387.
In all, there were 13 cautions for 66 laps and 14 lead changes among nine drivers. Jimmie Johnson started from the pole with a 154.765 mph qualifying run.
With Edwards' win, Roush Fenway Racing became the first Ford team to win 100 Nextel Cup races.
With an 11th place race finish, Jeff Gordon remains at the top of the Nextel Cup championship chase with 5,340 points, but the margin has narrowed. Just two points back is Tony Stewart, Edwards is minus three and Johnson is down by four.
Goodyear Racing comments by Rick Heinrich, sales manager Nextel Cup: "For use this weekend at the unique Dover track with its long turns and high banks, we brought one of our more popular Goodyear Eagle tire combinations. It's the same tire setup we used here in June and also at Michigan and Fontana, and we'll have it at Kansas next weekend. The tires performed extremely well all weekend."
Companion NASCAR race: In Saturday's Busch Series RoadLoans.com 200 at Dover, Denny Hamlin registered his fifth win after leading five times for a race-high 138 of 200 laps and finishing 1.797 seconds ahead of Martin Truex Jr.
Rounding out the top five were Matt Kenseth, Mike Bliss and Reed Sorenson. There were 13 cautions for 61 laps and 10 lead changes among six drivers, with 20 cars finishing on the lead lap. Carl Edwards continues his commanding lead in the series championship. David Reuitmann trails by 754 points.
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Travis Kvapil started from the pole and also won his fourth NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race this season. He led the final 13 laps on the 1.5-mile tri-oval track with Johnny Benson finishing second, Jon Wood third, Terry Cook fourth and Erik Darnell rounding out the top five.
Former Formula One Champion Jacques Villeneuve made his debut in the series qualifying seventh and finishing a lap down. In the Craftsman Truck points ranking, Mike Skinner leads followed by Ron Hornaday minus 3 and Kvapil back by 181.
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