Carl Edwards ends winless drought at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ - MARCH 03:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates with team owner Jack Roush during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

AVONDALE, AZ – MARCH 03: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, celebrates with team owner Jack Roush during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on March 3, 2013 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

No doubt Carl Edwards will always have a certain affinity for Phoenix International Raceway.  Sunday Edwards broke a 70 race winless drought holding off Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin to score his first win since Las Vegas in 2011. The winless streak tied his career high; the first winless streak he ended with a win at the same track in 2010.

Sunday Edwards with new, veteran, crew chief Jimmy Fennig led the final 67 green flag laps and survived a green-white-checkered flag finish to score the 20th victory of his career.  Behind him Johnson and Hamlin dueled on the last lap with Hamlin rocketing past  then third place Keselowski on the backstretch apron and challenging Johnson for the spot right to the checkered flag with Johnson winning by literally   a car nose.

“I thought for the last few laps it was going to be easy and then they had that caution,” Edward said.  “It was an awesome restart.  Brad Keselowski pushed me and that meant a lot.  He stayed in line there and he pushed and we got a Ford to Victory Lane, so I’ve got to thank Brad.  I’ve got to thank my crew.  These guys were unreal and Subway, this is the Subway Fresh Fit 500.  We just won the race in the Subway Ford Fusion.  This is insane, very cool.” MORE>>>

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