Saturday was all Carl Edwards at California Speedway. Edwards scored his first career Cup series pole before going on to win the Busch race. Edwards was the class of the field much of the event despite having a vibration early on and getting ...
Saturday was all Carl Edwards at California Speedway. Edwards scored his first career Cup series pole before going on to win the Busch race. Edwards was the class of the field much of the event despite having a vibration early on and getting shuffled through the field as different pit strategies cycled through.
"I can't thank my crew enough," said Edwards. "I want to donate all of my winnings from tonight to the hurricane relief fund. I hit the wall yesterday and they guys didn't complain a bit and fixed it for me.
"I am having a great time. This is just cool man."
Edwards winning moment came after stops on lap 116, when Elliott Sadler did not pit and assumed the lead. Edwards quickly went from eighth to first with 30 to go and never relinquished the lead again.
It is Edwards' fourth Busch series victory of the year.
Greg Biffle was the other lead car of the event and challenged Edwards several times for the race win. In the end, Biffle just didn't have the steam to catch his Cup teammate.
"It would have been a different race if we could have pitted for tires there with 16 to go."
Pole sitter Clint Bowyer, Johnny Sauter and Kasey Kahne complete the top five.
"That was a good run for us," Kahne commented. "Hopefully we will be that good tomorrow in the Cup car. We had a great race here last year, running second to Sadler. Hopefully, we can have a better performance this year than what we did in the spring race here."
Martin Truex, Jr. continues to lead Busch series point standings followed by Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Reed Sorenson and Denny Hamlin complete the top five.