Edwards endures delay to clinch title race berth


Carl Edwards, if nothing else, is a patient man after taking out the AAA Texas 500.

Such a temperament proved essential for the number 19 Joe Gibbs Racing driver to pull out a rain-induced marathon victory on Sunday that had been scheduled to start nearly 10 hours earlier.

And with it, Edwards clinched his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup final four.

Afternoon rain showers postponed the start of the race six hours until Texas Motor Speedways crews were able to dry the track.

Edwards made his pass on Lap 258 as more inclement weather moved in and stayed ahead of second-place Joey Logano when a red flag cut the 334-lap race short 36 laps later.

The 37-year-old Edwards will join Jimmie Johnson, who finished 11th, in the November 20 championship race with two more spots still up for grabs.

Kyle Busch (fifth), Kevin Harvick (sixth), Matt Kenseth (seventh) and Denny Hamlin (ninth) were the only other Chase-eligible drivers to crack the top 10.

Logano, who led 178 of the first 188 laps Sunday, is second in postseason points to Johnson.