NEW YORK (Reuters) - Carl Edwards steered clear of danger in a crash-filled NASCAR race to claim victory and jump five spots in the Chase standings at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Sunday.
Edwards's path to victory was made easier after a massive pile-up with 14 laps left in the 400-mile race wrecked the chances of contenders Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Martin Truex Jr. on the concrete, Monster Mile track.
Greg Biffle finished second and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Mark Martin and Kyle Busch.
Edwards, who won for the third time this season, moved from eighth to third place in the standings for the season-ending championship.
"This is a big win," Edwards told reporters after a race that had 13 cautions. "A lot of guys had bad luck out there."
Edwards, who overcame problems with his throttle, credited crew chief Bob Osborne for saving the day.
"He gets the smart guy of the race award. He's a genius."
Jeff Gordon took over the points lead with Tony Stewart second. Johnson, who led the standings coming into the event, dropped to fourth behind Edwards after the second race in the 10-race Chase.