Edwards ends drought with win at Phoenix


AVONDALE, Ariz. — Carl Edwards pulled away on a late start to snap a 70-race winless streak Sunday, the second long drought he’s ended at Phoenix International Raceway.

Edwards broke the longest slump of his career by winning at Phoenix in 2010. He won for the first time since Las Vegas in 2011 by leading the final 78 laps on the 312-mile race around PIR’s odd-shaped oval.

Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson was second by inches, and Denny Hamlin finished third with a bold pass on the apron during the final lap.