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Carl Edwards locks up first victory of 2016

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Eight races into the Race season, Carl Edwards scores his first win. This is the fourth time Edwards has won the Bristol race. He previously went into the victory lane during the years 2007, 2008, and 2014.  Edwards held the lead for 276 laps and warded off attacks from Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and finally Dale Earnhardt Jr. for his 26th career Sprint Cup win and his fourth at Bristol.
Gibbs teammates Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth all had right-front tire problems that caused caution flags. Busch, was eyeing up his third consecutive victory, and Kenseth was just trying to have a clean race after so much recent bad luck,Kenseth led three times for 142 laps and seemed to be one of the few drivers capable of challenging Edwards before his day ended early after he cut a right front tire a second time and hit the wall,. Hamlin finished 20th, Kenseth 36th and Busch 38th
“There was so many different things happening there — different things happening at different times. I got to work on my restarts though; man, Kurt (Busch) had those things figured out. This is just great, man, just awesome. Now we’re in the Chase, and we can have some fun.”
Earnhardt managed to finish second, after his engine stalled at the start of the race in which he accidentally stopped the motor by mashing the brake. He was left in a big hole losing two laps as his team reset his ECU, returning to the lead lap after the fourth caution by taking two wave-arounds.
“We got the Roush system on our cars for the stuck‑throttle issue, and just warming the brakes up, I engaged that system to kill the throttle,” Earnhardt said. “I was warming the brakes up like I always do, and apparently I applied too much pressure and it killed the motor.
Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, and Trevor Bayne took third, fourth, and fifth place respectively. Coming in fifth in the Bristol race was Bayne’s best finish since back in 2011 when he won the Daytona 500.
Kyle Larson finished outside the top 30 because of a broken transmission after running well early.Logano made an unscheduled pit stop around lap 100 and ended up going down two laps.This all stemmed from an uncontrolled tire violation during the stop, which required a pass through penalty and left him temporarily in 38th place. He eventually returned to the lead lap after being two laps down.
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