Edwards wins caution-filled Southern 500 at Darlington

nascar-edwardsThe Track Too Tough To Tame showed just how tough it can be on Labor Day weekend as Carl Edwards got off pit road first during a track-record 18th caution with 13 laps to go in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sunday night.

Edwards claimed his second win of the season, Brad Keselowski finished second, Denny Hamlin was third, Joey Logano fourth, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.

For the win, Edwards had to recover from going two laps down earlier in the race when miscommunication left him on the track during a caution and resulted a green-flag stop later.

Keselowski led a race-high 196 of the 367 laps. He was up front at the halfway point of the race but lost the lead to Kurt Busch on a restart following a lap-198 yellow flag.

The race marked a return to the traditional Labor Day weekend date that the Southern 500 held from 1950 until 2003.

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