Nascar driver Carl Edwards was hoping to impress at Darlington Raceway on Sunday. Though he had a few setbacks, he went on to be victorious, winning the Southern 500, which was his first win of the season, according to Emporia Gazette.
Earlier in the race, on lap 90, Edwards fell behind by two laps due to a flat tire. However, he was able to catch up, and eventually got back in the race and ended up gaining an advantage. Fifty laps later, in lap 140 he was all the way back in 36th place.
After his stop at pit road Edwards passed Brad Keselowski and maintained his lead til the end of the race. He then was able to hold a steady place for the next 40 laps. He took the lead with eight laps left in the race.
Edwards did not change tires in the first pit run, which could have been very costly for him, according to East Idaho News, as flat tires can quickly set drivers back many laps, due to the speed they are traveling. Lucky for Edwards, his pit crew was able to fix the flat quickly and get him back in the race. He was proud of the job they did, after the win he said, “Everyone did their job in this one.”
Over the past few races, Edwards has had a lot of success. Earlier this year, in May, he won the Coca Cola 600. He also notched six of the top 10 finalists out of his past seven races. The Southern 500 lasted for a grueling four hours, and 28 minutes, which was almost a half hour longer then the Coca Cola 600 that Edwards won in May.
This win is a huge confidence booster for Edwards and his team. Right behind Edwards, finishing second was Brad Keselowski, and in third place was Denny Hamlin. This marked Carl Edward’s first win in the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. His win on Sunday gave Joe Gibbs Racing their seventh win in their last ten events, according to Herald and News.
Edwards spoke about the much-anticipated victory saying, “This is what we needed… We really needed a shot in the arm.” After the win Edwards performed his signature victory back flip, and he already has his mind-set on winning his next race. Edwards said, “We’re right there. We’ve just got to find one more level to win these races and win this championship.”
Commentary by Cody Macleod