Edwards takes lead in Sprint Cup standings

Sunday, March 27, 2011 | 9:06 p.m. CDT; updated 10:42 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 28, 2011

FONTANA, Calif. — Carl Edwards captured the lead in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after finishing sixth Sunday at Auto Club Speedway. Kurt Busch, the previous points leader, dropped to third after finishing 17th.

Edwards, a Columbia native, now leads the standings with 187 points, nine points ahead of second-place Ryan Newman, who finished fifth on Sunday.


Kevin Harvick passed Jimmie Johnson on the final turn Sunday to win his first race of the season.

Kyle Busch had the dominant car most of the day and led coming out of a restart with nine laps left. Johnson, a five-time winner at Fontana, chased him down to go out front with three laps left, but Harvick moved in right behind him.

Harvick started to make his move to the outside on Turn 3 and completed the pass before hitting the final straightaway for his 15th career win. After starting 24th, he led just one of the 200 laps around the 2-mile oval.

Johnson finished second, Busch was third and Matt Kenseth was fourth.


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