A fuel gamble that didn't pay off for Casey Mears did pay off for Carl Edwards. Mears and crew chief Brad Parrott knew they were short on fuel but hoped that a late-race caution would give them enough to get them to the end of the race, but, on a...
A fuel gamble that didn't pay off for Casey Mears did pay off for Carl Edwards. Mears and crew chief Brad Parrott knew they were short on fuel but hoped that a late-race caution would give them enough to get them to the end of the race, but, on a restart with seven to go, Mears lurched from first to third as his fuel pressure began to dwindle.
As Mears struggled to maintain speed it created a hole big enough for Edwards to slide through and grab the lead quickly pulling out to a two- second advantage on the field. Edwards led just 14 laps to earn his first Busch series win this season.
"Our car was so great," said Edwards. "I had a plan I was really going to try and get him on that last restart. I was sad to see him loose it that way. But what a blast, it's great to be back in Victory Lane."
Kurt Busch and JJ Yeley both managed to seize the same opportunity as Mears struggled, and finished second and third.
Mears held on for a fourth-place result, "It's pretty frustrating. I don't know what I have to do to win a race. We lead these races, last year we were leading two or three Cup races and something happened where we didn't win."
Martin Truex, Jr. completed the top five.
The two most notable crashes came in the initial laps of the event. On lap three, leader Jamie McMurray slapped the wall and then on lap nine Tony Stewart also crashed into the wall. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital, McMurray for a bump to the head and Stewart for a shoulder injury.
They were treated, cleared and released.
Markedly, pole sitter Matt Kenseth led 83 laps but blew an engine and was unable to finish the event.
There were 10 cautions for 53 laps and 17 lead changes among 12 drivers.
Kevin Harvick continues to dominate Busch series point standings with a 348 point advantage over Carl Edwards. Clint Bowyer (-439), Denny Hamlin (-450) and JJ Yeley (-490) complete the top five.