Edwards Posts 2nd Top 10 In 3 Races
By Team Ford Racing Correspondent
CONCORD, N.C. -- Brad Keselowski dominated Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but ran out of fuel less than 60 laps from the end of the race, which was won by Clint Bowyer over Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson.
As a result, Keselowski now leads Johnson by 7 points, Hamlin by 15 and Bowyer by 28 with this year’s edition of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
In Saturday night’s race under the lights at CMS, one Ford finished in the top five, two in the top 10 and four in the top 15.
Some notes from the race:
* Greg Biffle won the pole for the Bank of America 500 and finished fourth in the No. 16 3M/IDG Ford Fusion. It was Biffle’s best finish of the five races contested so far in the Chase and the third race in a row in which he finished better than he did the prior race.
Two races ago, Biffle was 11th in points, 51 out of the lead. Now he is all the way up to sixth, 43 back of leader Keselowski.
* By finishing seventh in the No. 99 Kellogg’s Ford Fusion, Carl Edwards now has two top 10s in his last three races, something he last did in the second Pocono and Michigan races during the summer. Perhaps a strong finish to the 2012 campaign will propel Edwards back into the championship mix next season. He’s sure looking much racier in recent weeks.
* Aric Almirola clearly likes Charlotte Motor Speedway. His 12th-place finish in the No. 43 Smithfield Ford was his best since coming home sixth at Dover International Speedway in the first week of June. Almirola also earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup pole here in May, when he qualified No. 1 for the Coca-Cola 600.
* After an early race spin on Lap 11, Matt Kesenth didn’t get the No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion back on the lead lap until Lap 225 of the 334-lap Bank of America 500 . That he salvaged a 14th-place finish on a day that could have been much worse is a testament to his persistence and that of the Roush Fenway Racing organization. Kenseth moved up to 11th in points.
* Although a 33rd-place finish wasn’t what he was hoping for after leading a couple of laps early in the race, Marcos Ambrose made his 150th career NASCAR Sprint Cup start Saturday night.