By the time the Coke 600 came on, we had been up since 7 a.m. for the F1 race and things were looking rather bleak by the start of this one at 6 p.m. But we also remembered that none of the BBQ ribs, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgs would be possible without Coca-Cola (and Budweiser, but they didn’t sponsor the race so just the former. And of course the sacrifices of the troops of our freedoms, which is really the bigger of the two). There were a lot of laps and a lot of cautions, but when we came to – holy guacamole! Carl Edwards was leading!
Edwards was able to celebrate a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race with his trademark backflip for the first time in nearly a year after clever pit strategy by crew chief Darian Grubb allowed him to take the lead late in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 and hold off former teammate Greg Biffle for the win.
Edwards became the NSCS’ ninth different winner this season and visited Victory Lane for the first time since placing first at Sonoma last year. Edwards wasn’t a factor in the race until fuel strategy came into play in the closing laps.
“It’s so cool to get this win—we’ve had such bad luck,” said Edwards, who joined Joe Gibbs Racing as the organization’s fourth Sprint Cup driver after the 2014 season. “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.”