Carl Edwards gambles and loses at Bristol

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, leads Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Dover White Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series IRWIN Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 25, 2012 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

It was a mistake that nearly won Carl Edwards his first race of the season Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. In a race filled with new racing grooves, pit strategy, plenty of torn fenders and high emotions, Edwards rolled the dice and nearly pulled it off.

After the green flag fell charged forward from his 27th starting position and by lap 382 Edwards found himself in fifth spot and in contention for his first win of the season, a desperately needed victory for a driver who needs a win to get into this year’s Chase.

Then on lap 415 of 500, Edwards stayed out while most of the frontrunners pitted during a caution period. During the yellow flag period Edwards admitted that he had missed the call from crew chief Chad Norris to pit. MORE>>>

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