A big congratulations to Carl Edwards and the #99 team for a well earned victory in the 2011 Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas! We got to see the Back-flip after a disappointing run at Pheonix last week, where he qualified on the pole, and got knocked into the fence early in the race.


"This means a lot, coming off Phoenix," said Edwards, who led the final 23 laps. "After last weekend, I had no clue -- I just didn't know how things were going to go from there. You don't get a good race car like that very often, but I had one.

"I've got to thank the Air Force, the Thunderbirds. They let me fly with them on Thursday, and this trophy is going over there in that hangar (a reference to nearby Nellis Air Force Base). They taught me a lot about discipline and about believing in what you do. I can't thank them enough."

Edwards had the advantage of taking two tires on his final pit-stop, and that gave him the edge he needed to beat the fast-closing Stewart and third-place finisher Juan Montoya to the finish line.

Capitalizing on a penalty to Stewart, who dragged an air wrench from his stall under caution on Lap 155, Edwards took his No. 99 Ford across the finish line 1.246 seconds ahead of Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Stewart told NASCAR.COM:

"It kills me to throw a race away like that, especially at a place we haven't won at yet," Stewart said. "This was a big deal, and when you lead that many laps and have a car that's that fast and you lose it... I'm sure when the emotion dies down we'll look back and say it was a great weekend. But, man, it does not sit good right now."

Alright, no Sprint Cup next week, but the Thunder will roll into Bristol, Sunday March 20th... you can see the race on FOX, and before you know it... we will be Saturday night racing at Texas Motor Speedway April 9th... Eagle VIP's have more chances to win free tickets in the Eagle VIP Rewards Club!

Top 5 Results from Vegas:
1. Carl Edwards
2. Tony Stewart
3. Juan Pablo Montoya
4. Marcos Ambrose
5. Ryan Newman

Top 12 in Points:
1. Tony Stewart 113
2. Kurt Busch
3. Carl Edwards  -7
4. Juan Pablo Montoya  -7
5. Ryan Newman  -10
6. Paul Menard  -17
7. Denny Hamlin  -18
8. Martin Truex Jr.  -18
9. A.J. Allmendinger  -19
10. Mark Martin  -22
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr.  -22
12. Jimmy Johnson  -26