blank 03/07/11 11:15AM Carl Edwards, Kobalt 400, NASCAR

Edwards, Martin hit the jackpot in Las Vegas

By NASCAR.COM
March 07, 2011 12:29 PM, EST
   






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.

There is definitely a process to becoming the best you can be at this level because all the guys are so savvy. I feel I am in a better position to get all the points we can and all the wins we can this year.

-- CARL EDWARDS

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).

Inside the stats

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.


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