NASCAR: Edwards wins 2010 Kobalt Tools 500
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
With 47 laps remaining in the 312 lap race,was first, but Edwards passed him one lap later. Edwards maintained the lead to win the race, while Hamlin made a because of a possible shortage of fuel. took second, ahead of in third. managed the fourth position, after starting fourth on the grid. , from the team, clinched the fifth position, after leading none of the laps during the race. followed Johnson in sixth, while could only manage seventh.
, , and rounded out the top ten finishers in the race. Hamlin, the current Drivers' championship leader, led 190 laps and finished twelfth. Following the race, Hamlin commented, "It’s pretty disappointing. We were in a good position there heading into next week. We just have to outrace them next week. We had a good car today and it didn’t work out strategy wise. We did what we had to do today we just didn’t have it at the end. It’s frustrating. We had a car that could win and that is something we’ve never had here. We’ll just go there next week and try to win the race. I don’t know if we were trying to be smart or conservative there are really short." "I was sitting pretty," Hamlin continued. "I have to leave Phoenix in Phoenix. I can’t control it. I did everything I could do today and it didn’t work out. It could have been a lot worse. We could have lost the points lead and we didn’t. We’ve had the best car in this Chase and might not win it. The full-court press will be on next week."
Going into the final race of the season, Hamlin remained theleader with 6462 points, fifteen points ahead of Johnson in second, and 46 ahead of Harvick in third. This is the closest that the championship has been since the format was introduced. The standings are led by Chevrolet with 255, 42 points ahead of Toyota and 88 ahead of Ford. Johnson commented, "We had to work whatever magic we could at the end and now we have a points race heading to . I know what my mindset is. I hope the pressure of being on Denny’s heels wears on him this week. One race winner take all, it’s going to be a hell of a show."
- "NASCAR Teams" — , November 16, 2010
- "Manufacturer standings" — , November 16, 2010
- "Drivers' standings" — , November 16, 2010
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- "Race Results" — , November 14, 2010
- "Lap-by-Lap: Phoenix (2)" — , November 14, 2010
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