Edwards' lead late in Sunday's race at Dover International Speedway helped him avoid a massive wreck with 14 laps left that took out Chase contenders Martin Truex Junior, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and a few other drivers in the 400-mile race on the concrete track.
The race was red-flagged for nearly 12 minutes. It left Edwards as about the only Chase driver left running in the race that had 13 caution periods. He won for the third time this season and made a Monster Mile-sized pass in the standings, from eighth to third.
Jeff Gordon seized the points lead, with Tony Stewart second. Jimmie Johnson, who led the standings entering the day, fell to fourth.
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