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NASCAR Las Vegas Results: Carl Edwards Wins Kobalt Tools 400 Ahead Of Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart led the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas late and led more laps than any other driver, but late pit strategy helped Carl Edwards surge ahead for his first win of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

Edwards' two-tire pit call on the final stop helped him beat Stewart, Juan Pablo Montoya, Marcos Ambrose and Ryan Newman, who rounded out the top five. Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch and Brian Vickers completed the top 10.

Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne rolled in 20th, while last week’s winner, Jeff Gordon, crashed and finished 36th. Kyle Busch dealt with a flat tire and engine trouble, winding up a disappointing 38th. Matt Kenseth, the pole-sitter, nearly finished in the top 10, but came up just short.

For the win, Edwards earns 47 total points toward the Sprint Cup championship, but Kurt Busch and Stewart are tied atop the standings. This is Edwards' second win at the track and his third overall victory in his last five races.

Here are the full results from Las Vegas:

  1. Carl Edwards
  2. Tony Stewart
  3. Juan Pablo Montoya
  4. Marcos Ambrose
  5. Ryan Newman
  6. Martin Truex Jr.
  7. Denny Hamlin
  8. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  9. Kurt Busch
  10. Brian Vickers
  11. Matt Kenseth
  12. Paul Menard
  13. David Reutimann
  14. Kasey Kahne
  15. Clint Bowyer
  16. Jimmie Johnson
  17. Kevin Harvick
  18. Mark Martin
  19. AJ Allmendinger
  20. Trevor Bayne
  21. Jeff Burton
  22. David Ragan
  23. Joey Logano
  24. Bobby Labonte
  25. Casey Mears
  26. Brad Keselowski
  27. Jamie McMurray
  28. Greg Biffle
  29. Mike Skinner
  30. Bill Elliott
  31. Robby Gordon
  32. Andy Lally
  33. Travis Kvapil
  34. Dave Blaney
  35. Tony Raines
  36. Jeff Gordon
  37. David Gilliland
  38. Kyle Busch
  39. Regan Smith
  40. JJ Yeley
  41. Michael McDowell
  42. Joe Nemechek
  43. Landon Cassill

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