Edwards, Martin Hit the Jackpot in Las Vegas
Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Ford wasn't the most dominant car in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway -- that honor belonged to Tony Stewart in his No. 14 Chevrolet. But when Stewart was assessed a pit road penalty, that opened the door for Edwards and he took advantage, winning for the second time at the 1.5-mile track and earning his third Cup victory in his past five starts.
Edwards became the fourth driver to win multiple times at Las Vegas with his 19th career victory. Edwards sits third in points, seven points behind leaders Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Edwards has two top-fives this season (a second at Daytona and the victory and Vegas).
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3 -- Juan Montoya finished third to score his career-best finish at Las Vegas in his fifth start.
4 -- Marcos Ambrose earned his first top-10 since Richmond last season with his fourth-place finish at Las Vegas. This is Ambrose's 14th career top-10 in the Cup Series.
4 -- Ford has won four of the past five races at Las Vegas and the manufacturer's seven victories are the most among the car makers.
5 -- Ryan Newman has posted top-fives in the past two Cup races with consecutive fifth-place finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas.
6 -- Martin Truex Jr. finished sixth at Las Vegas to give him his first top-10 since his sixth-place finish at Talladega in October 2010.
6 -- Six drivers have finished 20th or worse in all the Cup events this season: Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Travis Kvapil, Andy Lally, Joey Logano and Joe Nemechek.
7 -- Roush Fenway's seven Cup victories at Las Vegas lead all teams for wins at the track.
8 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished eighth at Las Vegas, giving him back-to-back top-10s for just the fourth time since June 2008.
10 -- Brian Vickers finished 10th at Las Vegas for his first top-10 since finishing 10th at Darlington in May 2010, his final race before his blood clots were discovered.
11 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished eighth giving him finishes of 11th or better in four of the past five races at Las Vegas.
16 -- Roush Fenway has won at Las Vegas 16 times. The team has seven Cup victories, five Nationwide victories and three Truck victories at the track.
21 -- Jeff Burton finished 21st and ended his streak of five consecutive top-15 finishes at Las Vegas.
28 -- Greg Biffle finished 28th and ended his streak of three consecutive top-10 finishes at Las Vegas.
38 -- Kyle Busch ended his streak of six consecutive finishes of 15th or better at Las Vegas with a 38th in Sunday's race.
121 -- This is Roush Fenway Racing's 121st Cup Series victory.
There's a new Nationwide car, new rules and a new batch of young drivers trying to forge a career in NASCAR. But Martin, the all-time wins leader in the Nationwide Series, didn't let any of that deter him at Las Vegas, where the 52-year-old took advantage of a blown tire to leader Brad Keselowski on the final lap and won for the 49th time in the Nationwide Series.
The victory is Martin's fourth at Las Vegas and gives him three consecutive wins at the track -- all with different teams. Martin became the oldest race winner at Las Vegas and just the sixth driver in series history to win a race after turning 50. This is Martin's 16th win on a 1.5-mile track, one behind series leader Kyle Busch.
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1 -- This is Turner Motorsports' first Nationwide Series victory and the first time the team has finished first and second in a race.
2 -- Brad Keselowski finished third for his second top-five in five Las Vegas Nationwide races.
2 -- Two of the first three Nationwide races this season have been won by Chevrolet. Tony Stewart won the season-opener at Daytona.
3 -- Justin Allgaier finished second to give him top-10 finishes in all three of his Las Vegas Nationwide starts.
4 -- Danica Patrick scored a career-high fourth at Las Vegas, becoming the highest-finishing woman in a NASCAR national series race. Sara Christian held that mark since 1949, when she finished fifth at Heidelberg.
5 -- Trevor Bayne finished fifth to give him top-10s in both of his Las Vegas Nationwide starts.
9 -- Chevrolet has won nine of the 15 Nationwide races run at Las Vegas.
10 -- Kenny Wallace finished 10th for his second top-10 at Las Vegas in nine Nationwide starts.
84 -- Kyle Busch led 84 laps before crashing on Lap 130. Busch finished 30th.
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