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Published on August 4th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith


Edwards Wins Sonoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500

After betting that the race would resume following a rain delay, Carl Edwards came down pit road while the field was under caution for rain. The move would allow him to finish the race on one more stop, though it would be very close.

The gamble paid off, as Edwards went 33 laps on his final tank of fuel to with the Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 from Pocono Raceway.

Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson also used a similar strategy to finish second and third, respectively.

Kevin Harvick, who spun on lap 1, and David Ragan rounded out the top 5. They both benefited when Dale Earnhardt Jr., who used the same strategy as Stewart and Johnson, ran out of gas on the last lap while running fourth. He coasted to a 12th-place finish.

Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray and Jeff Gordon finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

Kahne and Martin both had dominant cars, but during the caution before the read flag, they opted to stay out and doing so required them to stop twice while the others only had to stop once. That strategy kept them from winning the race.

Notables: Greg Biffle (13th), Ryan Newman (14th), Martin Truex Jr. (15th), Jeff Burton (21st), Denny Hamlin (23rd), and Kyle Busch (36th).

Kyle Busch was running fourth with about three laps to go when he ran out of gas coming onto the front stretch. He dove to pit road, and was assessed a commitment line penalty, which resulted in a 36th place finish.

Jeff Burton was having a decent run, when he was assess a penalty on pit road for a tire that was not in control when he left the pits.

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Michael J. Smith is a NASCAR enthusiast and blogger. In addition to founding this website, Michael is a journalist with over a decade of experience writing for prestigious media organizations.

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