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Carl Edwards scored his first Sprint Cup race win since 2008 by making his gas tank stretch to near-impossible limits.
Edwards' victory at Phoenix International Raceway ends a 70-race winless streak, as he came in ahead of Ryan Newman and Joey Logano.

Championship leader Denny Hamlin wasn't so lucky, however, and despite leading for 190 of the 312 laps during the afternoon he was unable to make his fuel stretch as long as Edwards or his chief Cup rivals Jimmie Johnson and Kevin Harvick. Hamlin ended up pitting on lap 298 with 14 laps to go and had insufficient time to make up lost ground, ending up out of the top ten in 12th place while Johnson and Harvick finished 5th and 6th respectively.

That all but wipes out Hamlin's lead in the points, and he goes into the final race next week at Homestead-Miami just 14pts ahead of Johnson, and 46pts ahead of Harvick, making it the tightest finish in Sprint Cup history in the current Chase format.

Race results

1. Carl Edwards 312 laps 190/5pts
2. Ryan Newman 312 laps 170/0pts
3. Joey Logano 312 laps 165/0pts
4. Greg Biffle 312 laps 160/0pts
5. Jimmie Johnson 312 laps 155/0pts
6. Kevin Harvick 312 laps 150/0pts
7. Matt Kenseth 312 laps 151/5pts
8. Mark Martin 312 laps 142/0pts
9. Kurt Busch 312 laps 143/5pts
10. Jamie McMurray 312 laps 134/0pts
11. Jeff Gordon 312 laps 130/0pts
12. Denny Hamlin 312 laps 137/10pts
13. Kyle Busch 312 laps 129/5pts
14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 312 laps 121/0pts
15. Martin Truex Jr. 312 laps 118/0pts
16. Juan Montoya 312 laps 115/0pts
17. Tony Stewart 312 laps 112/0pts
18. A.J. Allmendinger 312 laps 109/0pts
19. Jeff Burton 312 laps 106/0pts
20. Bobby Labonte 311 laps 108/5pts
21. Clint Bowyer 311 laps 100/0pts
22. Marcos Ambrose 311 laps 97/0pts
23. Regan Smith 311 laps 94/0pts
24. Casey Mears 311 laps 91/0pts
25. David Ragan 310 laps 88/0pts
26. David Reutimann 310 laps 85/0pts
27. Aric Almirola 310 laps 82/0pts
28. Elliott Sadler 310 laps 79/0pts
29. Paul Menard 310 laps 76/0pts
30. Kasey Kahne 310 laps 73/0pts
31. J.J. Yeley 309 laps 70/0pts
32. Sam Hornish Jr. 309 laps 67/0pts
33. Robby Gordon 308 laps 64/0pts
34. Travis Kvapil 308 laps 61/0pts
35. Scott Speed 307 laps 58/0pts
36. Tony Raines 306 laps 55/0pts
37. Dave Blaney 306 laps 52/0pts
38. David Gilliland 274 laps 49/0pts Brakes
39. Mike Bliss 193 laps 46/0pts Overheating
40. Landon Cassill 191 laps 43/0pts Rear Gear
41. Terry Labonte 190 laps 40/0pts Electrical
42. Brad Keselowski 58 laps 37/0pts Accident
43. Brendan Gaughan 1 laps 34/0pts Accident

Sprint Cup standings

1. (--) Denny Hamlin 6462pts Leader
2. (--) Jimmie Johnson 6447pts -15pts
3. (--) Kevin Harvick 6416pts -46pts
4. (--) Carl Edwards 6198pts -264pts
5. (--) Matt Kenseth 6151pts -311pts
6. (--) Jeff Gordon 6124pts -338pts
7. (--) Kyle Busch 6115pts -347pts
8. (+1) Greg Biffle 6113pts -349pts
9. (-1) Tony Stewart 6074pts -388pts
10. (+1) Kurt Busch 6033pts -429pts
11. (-1) Clint Bowyer 6028pts -434pts
12. (--) Jeff Burton 5958pts -504pts

13. (--) Mark Martin 4249pts -2213pts
14. (--) Jamie McMurray 4225pts -2237pts
15. (--) Ryan Newman 4156pts -2306pts
16. (--) Joey Logano 4139pts -2323pts
17. (--) Juan Montoya 4060pts -2402pts
18. (--) David Reutimann 3975pts -2487pts
19. (--) Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3871pts -2591pts
20. (--) A.J. Allmendinger 3843pts -2619pts
21. (--) Kasey Kahne 3806pts -2656pts
22. (--) Martin Truex Jr. 3781pts -2681pts
23. (--) Paul Menard 3670pts -2792pts
24. (--) David Ragan 3496pts -2966pts
25. (--) Brad Keselowski 3361pts -3101pts
26. (--) Marcos Ambrose 3337pts -3125pts
27. (--) Elliott Sadler 3155pts -3307pts
28. (--) Sam Hornish Jr. 3123pts -3339pts
29. (+1) Regan Smith 3117pts -3345pts
30. (-1) Scott Speed 3084pts -3378pts
31. (--) Bobby Labonte 2486pts -3976pts
32. (+1) Travis Kvapil 2365pts -4097pts
33. (-1) David Gilliland 2357pts -4105pts
34. (--) Robby Gordon 2028pts -4434pts
35. (--) Kevin Conway* 1757pts -4705pts
36. (--) Casey Mears 1509pts -4953pts
37. (+2) Dave Blaney 1361pts -5101pts
38. (-1) Reed Sorenson 1355pts -5107pts
39. (-1) Joe Nemechek 1321pts -5141pts
40. (--) Brian Vickers 1158pts -5304pts
41. (+1) Mike Bliss 1016pts -5446pts
42. (-1) Bill Elliott 989pts -5473pts
43. (--) Max Papis 907pts -5555pts
44. (--) Michael McDowell 879pts -5583pts
45. (+1) J.J. Yeley 849pts -5613pts
46. (-1) David Stremme 825pts -5637pts
47. (--) Landon Cassill 674pts -5788pts
48. (+2) Aric Almirola 544pts -5918pts
49. (-1) Tony Raines 534pts -5928pts
50. (-1) Patrick Carpentier 474pts -5988pts
* Denotes Rookie



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