Carl Edwards wins while Denny Hamlin's big lead is wiped out

Carl Edwards wins while Denny Hamlin's big lead is wiped out

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Carl Edwards celebrates his win in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Jason Babyak)

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by AP

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Posted on November 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM

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 just a 15-point lead over Johnson into next week's season finale.
 

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