Bumping at Bristol: Carl Edwards Wins Crazy Race

Michael VoyerSenior Analyst IAugust 23, 2008

Carl Edwards topped off the night with a pole, running as fast as he could to make sure he would get in the race for the chase.

Early on in the race, Sterling Marlin and Jimmie Johnson made contact, Johnson got loose, and Dale Jr. got caught passing before he crossed the start/finish line.

It seemed as though Juan Pablo Montoya, when he went a lap down, became racy—he almost got in an accident with Carl Edwards early on, and could have taken the entire top three out just with one spin.

But the first crash came on lap 98 when A.J. Allmendinger and Martin Truex, Jr. made contact and they both crashed. The accident gave race leader Kyle Busch the chance to get his car fixed and the opportunity to make his car better. During pit stops Elliot Sadler had problems getting into pit stall, turning in sideways.

Dale Jr. had some problems after lap 152 he said to his crew chief, "the right rear tire seems like it's gonna blow."

And a caution on lap 888 from Tony Stewart getting into Sterling Marlin, causing Marlin to spin out. Then Chase contender Jeff Burton, with nowhere to go, got into Marlin and took him out of the race. In the interview Burton did after the race, he said the crash was "a typical Bristol wreck."

On lap 217, Sam Hornish, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears, and others' huge wreck, caused when Mears and Michael Watlrip made contact, caused the red flag to be shown for a little while. When the red flag was withdrawn and the caution flag was put out, the leaders chose not to pit.

Another caution came out on lap 282 when Dave Blaney, for the second week in a row, wrecked—this time it was a chain reaction to Travis and Regan Smith, then Regan got into Blaney. Dave just barley hit Paul Menard after spinning and nearly hit race and points leader Kyle Busch.

The next caution came on lap 344 when David Rutaimen's car left a piece of debris on the track, which gave Kyle Busch and Jeff Gordon a great opertunity to make adjustments, and a terrific chance for Ryan Newman to get the handling back on his Dodge.

The next caution came on lap 365 when debris hit the track.

Kyle Busch re-started leading the race—however, with great effort and a great pass on the outside, and a little rubbin from Kyle Busch to Edwards, yet thankfully Carl put Kyle back in his place by spinning him out right before his famous flip. GO CARL!