Carl Edwards And The AFLAC Duck Win At Sonoma

Carl Edwards won his first road course in Sonoma, California Sunday. He ended a five race Hendrick Motorsports win streak that started in Kansas. Edwards took the lead from Marcos Ambrose with 25 laps to go and never looked back. Edwards locked himself into the chase with the second win of the year. Edwards, who won the race in a Roush-Fenway Ford was the only Ford in the top seven spots.

Edwards commented to his crew “That was awesome. Thank you, guys,” at the checkered flag.

The triumph had special meaning for Edwards precisely because it was Gordon who was chasing him to the finish line.

“That’s a moment I’ll never forget, to be standing in Victory Lane and to have held off Jeff Gordon, with all the success he’s had here and in our sport,” Edwards said after climbing from his car. “It’s just really, really special.

“I’m living proof right here that, whatever it is you’re doing, just keep doing it, and don’t ever give up, because somehow things can work out. I’m just very fortunate.”

Jeff Gordon, who finished second,  made a late race charge but was unable to catch Edwards, “I wish I could have had those last five laps to do over again because I think if I could have not made a couple mistakes, I would have been on him with more like two laps to go, and I think I would have had a shot,” Gordon said. “But hey, that’s the way it goes.”

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., who came across the line third, was involved in heavy contact with Matt Kenseth toward the end of the race. Earnhardt took responsibility for the situation stating on Twitter, “It was a little bit messy,” Earnhardt said. “I’m sick to my stomach about getting into Matt there. I just hopped that curb and it threw me right into him. I shouldn’t have been running him hard, I guess. I just got into the curb and it launched me over into the side of his car.”

Gordon continues to lead the points over Johnson, Earnhardt, Jr., Kenseth, Keselowski, Edwards, Logano, Newman, Harvick and Larson.

Full Race Results from Sonoma

1 99 Carl Edwards
2 24 Jeff Gordon
3 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr
4 1 Jamie McMurray
5 27 Paul Menard
6 5 Kasey Kahne
7 48 Jimmie Johnson
8 9 Marcos Ambrose
9 16 Greg Biffle
10 15 Clint Bowyer
11 31 Ryan Newman
12 41 Kurt Busch
13 13 Casey Mears
14 55 Brian Vickers
15 78 Martin Truex Jr
16 22 Joey Logano
17 3 Austin Dillon
18 10 Danica Patrick
19 14 Tony Stewart
20 4 Kevin Harvick
21 38 David Gilliland
22 2 Brad Keselowski
23 43 Aric Almirola
24 95 Michael McDowell
25 18 Kyle Busch
26 11 Denny Hamlin
27 26 Cole Whitt
28 42 Kyle Larson
29 23 Alex Bowman
30 7 Michael Annett
31 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr
32 36 Reed Sorenson
33 51 Justin Allgaier
34 44 J.J. Yeley
35 32 Boris Said
36 34 David Ragan
37 47 AJ Allmendinger
38 66 Tomy Drissi
39 33 Alex Kennedy
40 98 Josh Wise
41 83 Ryan Truex
42 20 Matt Kenseth
43 40 Landon Cassill

 

 



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