Carl Edwards surprises with win at Sonoma

SONOMA, CA - JUNE 22:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, celebrates i Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

SONOMA, CA – JUNE 22: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, celebrates i Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Carl Edwards played the game better than anyone else did Sunday. Edwards took the lead with 25 laps to go Sunday and held off Jeff Gordon to score his first career victory on a road course in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winning the Toyota Save-Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Edwards made the winning move with a pit stop on lap 60 that allowed him to stay out when most of the leaders pitted on lap 71. From there Edwards was able to stay near the front and took the lead on lap 85 from Marcos Ambrose on a restart on lap 85. He survived another restart on lap 95 and from there held on for his second win of the season and the 23rd of his career.

“That’s a moment I’ll never forget,” Edwards said. “To be standing in victory lane and to have held off Jeff Gordon with all of the success he’s had here and in our sport. It’s just really, really special.” MORE>>>

Behind Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished third, a career best on a road course. Jamie McMurray was fourth and Paul Menard fifth.

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