AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Carl Edwards has snapped a 70-race losing streak with a win at Phoenix International Raceway.
But the attention Sunday was on the three-driver championship race, and a dominating performance by Denny Hamlin that was derailed by poor fuel mileage in his Toyota.
Hamlin led a race-high 190 laps but didn't have the gas to make it to the finish. He gave up second place with 14 laps left for a fuel stop, and finished 12th.
Jimmie Johnson conserved enough gas to make it to the end and finished fifth. Kevin Harvick overcame a loose lugnut and came in sixth.
Before his fuel stop, Hamlin held a lead of almost 60 points over Johnson. Instead, he now takes a 15-point lead over Johnson into next week's season finale.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:
Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.