Edwards wins in Phoenix as points race tightens

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.)


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