Edwards Wins at Pocono

Rookie Carl Edwards won his second Nextel Cup race of the year after running strongly all day at Pocono

Edwards Wins at Pocono

Edwards took the lead from Brian Vickers on lap 172, and went on to take the win despite a green-white chequer finish, holding off Vickers before a crash for Bobby Labonte saw the race end under caution.

Vickers was also strong all day, leading over a hundred laps on his way to second place, his best ever Nextel Cup finish. Third was Joe Nemechek, while fourth was Vickers' young rookie teammate Kyle Busch, scoring his fourth top five finish of 2005.

Mark Martin finished fifth and was lucky that the caution came out when it did as he had a tyre going flat. Pole sitter and early leader Michael Waltrip finished sixth, one place ahead of points leader Jimmie Johnson who failed to make it three wins in a row at Pocono.

Flat tyres were a theme throughout the day, Ricky Rudd, Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr each suffering multiple flat tyres. The caution leading to the green-white chequer was brought when Ryan Newman hit the turn one wall after suffering a flat left front tyre.

Greg Biffle's challenge disappeared when brake problems intervened, allowing Johnson to increase his points lead to 119 over Biffle, with Elliott Sadler next best 277 points behind Johnson.

Result of Pocono 500, Pocono Raceway

Pos  Driver              Make       Laps
 1.  Carl Edwards        Ford        201
 2.  Brian Vickers       Chevrolet   201
 3.  Joe Nemechek        Chevrolet   201
 4.  Kyle Busch          Chevrolet   201
 5.  Mark Martin         Ford        201
 6.  Michael Waltrip     Chevrolet   201
 7.  Jimmie Johnson      Chevrolet   201
 8.  Kevin Harvick       Chevrolet   201
 9.  Jeff Gordon         Chevrolet   201
10.  Rusty Wallace       Dodge       201
11.  Jamie McMurray      Dodge       201
12.  Terry Labonte       Chevrolet   201
13.  Dale Jarrett        Ford        201
14.  Jeremy Mayfield     Dodge       201
15.  Jeff Green          Dodge       201
16.  Sterling Marlin     Dodge       201
17.  Travis Kvapil       Dodge       201
18.  Casey Mears         Dodge       201
19.  Jeff Burton         Chevrolet   201
20.  Ken Schrader        Dodge       201
21.  Elliott Sadler      Ford        201
22.  Kurt Busch          Ford        200
23.  Bobby Hamilton Jr   Chevrolet   200
24.  Dave Blaney         Chevrolet   200
25.  Mike Garvey         Ford        200
26.  Bobby Labonte       Chevrolet   199
27.  Kasey Kahne         Dodge       199
28.  Ricky Rudd          Ford        199
29.  Tony Stewart        Chevrolet   199
30.  Greg Biffle         Ford        198
31.  Mike Wallace        Chevrolet   198
32.  Matt Kenseth        Ford        197
33.  Dale Earnhardt Jr   Chevrolet   195
34.  Ryan Newman         Dodge       194
35.  Brendan Gaughan     Chevrolet   194
36.  Scott Wimmer        Dodge       170
37.  Scott Riggs         Chevrolet   165
38.  Kevin Lepage        Dodge       141
39.  Robby Gordon        Chevrolet   124
40.  Jason Leffler       Chevrolet    43
41.  Kyle Petty          Dodge        43
42.  Morgan Shepherd     Dodge        13
43.  Greg Sacks          Dodge        12
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