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NASCAR Recap: Edwards Wins 2015 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

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Edwards led the last 12 laps to win his first Southern 500

Carl Edwards pit crew had a lot to do with his win
Photo: Amy Marbach

Team Toyota driver Carl Edwards picked up his second win of the season Sunday night at Darlington Raceway.

Edwards took the lead with 12 laps to go via a very quick pit stop and was able to hold off Ford driver Brad Keselowski to secure the victory. The win gave Edwards his 25th career win in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series.

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Keselowski started from the pole and dominated most of the race, leading 196 of 367 laps, but he couldn’t pass Edwards at the end and finished second. The No. 11 Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin finished third, Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford finished fourth, and the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet driven by Kevin Harvick completed the top five.

The race featured 18 cautions, which was a record for the Southern 500. Chevrolet driver Danica Patrick collided with the wall on lap 188 and she finished the race in 42nd. The Sprint Cup Series’ most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., finished eighth.

Harvick still leads the series points standings with 948. Joey Logano is second in the standings and trails the leader by 42 points. Earnhardt Jr. is third overall and is 93 points behind Harvick.

The Sprint Cup Series will be visiting Richmond International Speedway next week for the final race of the regular season. The Federated Auto Parts 400 will begin at 7:30pm on Saturday, September 12th, and will be shown on NBCSN.

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    Austin Blankenbeckler is the General Manager of Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac and the third person in his family, after his father and grandfather, to work at the Waxahachie Chevy dealership. Carlisle Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac has been selling quality cars to the Ennis, Midlothian, and Waxahachie area since 1926 and their commitment to quality and customer service is more than just a business approach, it’s the family way. Stop by the Waxahachie GM dealership today to see what a difference three generations of car and truck selling can make. Austin on Google +