"I knew pretty quickly after we restarted that not pitting was the right call just how fast the car was," Edwards said. "We ran our fastest lap with 30 laps or 40 laps on the tires, so I felt pretty good. I was a little nervous that Kevin [Harvick] had four tires and I think he was fourth, and I thought if we get a caution he'll start on the outside at the top behind me, and if I were to get a bad start he might be in position to snatch the lead from that spot. With him out of the picture, I felt like we definitely had the right -- we didn't have a disadvantage on anyone."
The victory was well worth the wait for the previously underperforming faction of the Ford camp as Roush Fenway Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports constituted most of the top five in Edwards and Stenhouse, and Richard Petty Motorsports' Almirola and Marcos Ambrose, who was fifth. Penske Racing's Brad Keselowski, who won at Las Vegas last week to all but lock in a Chase berth, assumed the points lead Sunday as former leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 24th. Joey Logano dropped two spots to fourth in points after suffering an early power steering problem and finishing 20th.
"We're real happy with the representation Ford was able to have tonight," team owner Jack Roush said. "You've got to stand in line and just wait for the racing gods to smile on you or to frown on you to see what you've got, but tonight we had good fortune."