Carl Edwards wins the Coca-Cola 600
CONCORD, North Carolina - Carl Edwards snapped a 31-race winless streak with a win in Charlotte in the Coca-Cola 600.
"This does not feel like one of 24 wins. This one feels pretty big to me," Edwards told the Associated Press. "I just cannot thank Joe Gibbs and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing enough. Everyone took a big chance."
The victory gives Edwards a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup and was his first win since joining the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Edwards took the lead in lap 380 after leading for just four laps going into the lap. Edwards and his pit crew took a chance and stretched his fuel mileage out, but the gamble paid off as he kept the lead for the final 20 laps of the race to take the checkered flag.
"It may be a fuel mileage win, but it's still whoever gets from the start-finish line to the start-finish line over 600 miles the fastest," crew chief Darian Grubb told the AP. "So it doesn't really matter how we get there, we came out in front."
The win marks the 24th career victory for Edwards and first win at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. His last victory came in 2014 in the Food City 500 in Tennessee.