Carl Edwards, who had the slowest car most of the race among his three Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, played a fuel-mileage gamble to become the improbable winner of Sunday night’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
On Sunday, the driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet entered the 56th edition of the Coca-Cola 600 trying to once again assert his dominance at the race. But despite Johnson’s past success, the defending champion fell far behind the field and out of contention after spinning out on Lap 273. He finished in 40th.
Instead of pushing the pedal to the floor, he eased it as far as it needed to go. He won by conserving fuel, and when his competitors drove into the pits for gas, Edwards continued to cruise around down the straightaways and around the turns.
Carl Edwards won for the first time in two seasons Sunday night, taking the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here’s a sampling of the reaction to the win - Edwards’ first since joining Joe Gibbs Racing - on Twitter and Instagram on Sunday night.
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