Remember meForgot password?
    Log in with Twitter

article imageNASCAR: Edwards survives rain, surprise caution to win in Bristol

By John Duarte     Mar 17, 2014 in Sports
Bristol - “Human error” brought out the caution flag with three laps to go in the Food City 500 and Carl Edwards cruised to the win at the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race of the season.
Just about everyone was a little puzzled when the yellow lights flashed around the Bristol Motor Speedway and the caution flag flew, locking the field and, for all intents and purposes, ending the Food City 500 with three laps to go. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition and racing development, attributed the incident to “human error.”
“It appears one of the flag people leaned on the switch that is the manual override for the caution lights,” he explained. “When the flag stand realized this, the flagman threw the caution flag. After that happened, we froze the field from the tower.”
As surprised as anyone, race winner Edwards praised Pemberton for admitting to the unfortunate incident and said “I think that says a lot about the leadership of our sport.” He was however glad the race finished under caution conditions.
“I think there were some higher powers at work here,” he said. “I did not want to see that caution. (But) The caution did come out, and I went, now we're going to have an opportunity to prove we deserve to win this race.”
His main concern was that NASCAR would stop scoring the race and set up a final sprint under green-flag conditions. He said he was ready to defend his position at the front of the field.
“I was fully prepared for, I mean, smashing into each other, bouncing off the walls, wrecking each other for the win,” Edwards said. “I really expected it to get pretty crazy. I would not have been surprised if it would have been a big mess. You've got to go for the win.
“Concern was not a strong enough word,” he added, explaining that the fans like to see cars racing to the end.
“Honestly, it might have been more exciting,” Edwards said. “I did not want to see that caution. I did not at all. So, I'm glad the rain came. That worked out great.”
Rain was almost the main attraction at the car race at Bristol Motor Speedway, in Tennessee. The Food City 500 was held up by two rain delays for a total of more than five hours. But rain wasn't the only story.
A fire in Kevin Harvick's car, with 50 laps to go in the race, put an end to the hopes of a couple of contenders. Harvick, who had won in Las Vegas two weeks ago, was done for the night as he drove into the garage with his car spewing flames. He would finish 39th. Meanwhile, last week's winner Brad Keselowski sustained major damage in the incident and ended up 14th in the race.
Edwards is the fourth different winner in four races in this year's Sprint Cup chase. Under the new format implemented by NASCAR for this season, wins are the primary factor in determining which drivers will be part of the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the final 10 races on the schedule.
Edwards joins Dale Earnhardt Jr., Harvick and Keselowski as drivers with wins so far this season. Behind them, the Sprint Cup standings also have Jeff Gordon and defending champion Jimmie Johnson at the top of the field.
California's Auto Club Speedway is the next stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule and the Auto Club 400 on March 23, 2014.
More about Nascar, Sprint cup series, Carl edwards, Bristol Motor Speedway, Auto racing
More news from
Sports Video
Latest News
Top News