Mother Nature and Carl Edwards win at Bristol Motor Speedway

BRISTOL, TN - MARCH 16:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg's / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after taking the checkered flag under caution to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

BRISTOL, TN – MARCH 16: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg’s / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after taking the checkered flag under caution to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

It took most of the day and part of the night due to persistent rain, but in the end Carl Edwards beat even Mother Nature and won the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway Sunday night.

In a race where six of the seven who led laps ended up with problems, Edwards was able to lead the final 78 laps in route to his third Bristol victory. The call of the race came on lap 422 during the ninth caution when crew chief Jimmy Fennig elected to keep Edwards out while the leaders pitted. Edwards took the lead and never looked back. Aric Almirola and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. both has career best finishes coming home second and third respectively. Tony Stewart got a much need fourth place run, and Marcos Ambrose was fifth.

After a nearly two-hour rain delay prior to the start, polesitter Denny Hamlin led the field to the green just before 3:00 p.m.; two laps later Brad Keselowski went by for the lead, followed soon after by teammate Joey Logano. MORE>>>

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