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March 17, 2014

Edwards leads Ford sweep at rain-soaked Bristol

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BRISTOL, Tenn. —

Marcos Ambrose was fifth as both of RPM’s drivers finished inside the top five.

Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin was sixth in the highest-finishing Toyota and was followed by Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne. Brian Vickers was ninth and rookie Kyle Larson rounded out the top 10.

The race was run in front of a sparse Bristol crowd as the weather forecast called for a 100 percent chance of rain. It wasn’t wrong and the start was delayed nearly two hours, then drivers made it to Lap 124 before the race was stopped by rain again. The second stoppage pushed the race into evening and under the lights on the 0.533-mile bullring.

There was plenty of action to keep those in attendance entertained, including a bizarre debris caution that caused what looked to be toilet paper to be strewn everywhere. Two other incidents occurred when Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson were each running in second place.

Kenseth was the leader when the race resumed following the lengthy rain delay. He was passed by Kurt Busch but holding second and in traffic when caution came out because Danica Patrick spun Cole Whitt.

Kenseth lightly ran into the back of Busch as he tried to slow down for the caution, but he was drilled from behind by Timmy Hill, who came around the track at a considerably higher speed.

“I just got peeled straight from behind real hard,” he calmly radioed his Joe Gibbs Racing crew.

Kenseth had to pit for repairs and dropped to 24th — 10 seconds behind the leader.

Hill took responsibility for the accident.

“This place, things happen real quick,” Hill said. “I saw (Whitt) spin, by the time I got communication, it was too late. Everybody was checking up. I ran into the back (Kenseth). I had no reaction time. It’s on me, really.”

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