Edwards Wins Homestead, Championship Trifecta for Johnson
Carl Edwards did everything he could, but Jimmie Johnson made sure Edwards’ best wasn’t good enough.
Edwards led the most laps and won Sunday’s Ford 400 Sprint Cup race at Homestead-Miami Speedway to score his series-best ninth victory of the season, but Johnson claimed the big prize -- his record-tying third straight Cup title -- with a 15th-place finish that gave him a 69-point advantage over Edwards in the final standings.
Saving every drop of fuel he could, Edwards coasted across the finish line 7.548 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick, who also conserved fuel after his final pit stop on Lap 201 of the 267-lap race. Jamie McMurray was third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer.
Reutimann Wins First Career Pole in Season Finale
David Reutimann won the pole for Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but when the race starts, the focus won't be at the front of the field.
Jimmie Johnson, a heavy favorite to win his third straight NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, will have to deal with traffic and avoid potential disaster early in the race after qualifying 30th in Friday afternoon's time trials. Carl Edwards, 141 points in arrears and the only driver with a mathematical chance to overtake Johnson, starts fourth.
NASCAR Newscast: Chase for the Sprint Cup - Week 10 Review
Carl Edwards won his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-best ninth race of the season as Jimmie Johnson won a record-tying third consecutive title. Hear from both drivers after the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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