Nobody picked Carl Edwards or his #19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota as the winner of NASCAR 12th Sprint Cup Series race. The likes of Kurt Busch, Martin Truex Jr and Denny Hamlin led the race for a long time till the 370th lap.
But Edwards managed 62 laps out of his final tank and finished 4.785 seconds ahead of the next racer. In the initial stages of the race Edwards wasn’t a factor until fuel strategy played its part.
“It’s so cool to get this win—we’ve had such bad luck,” said Edwards. “And we were the slowest of the (JGR cars) tonight, but we had (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) on the box. He made the right call, he put us in a position to win, and it worked.
“This is truly a gift. I took advantage of it to win, and we’ll get better.”
This is 24th career victory for Edwards but his first of the season, and his first since he joined Joe Gibbs Racing. This is his first win at Charlotte, too.
Greg Biffle finished second with the same fuel-saving strategy, while Dale Earnhardt Jr clinched the third spot.