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Monday, April 18, 2016

National weekend wrap-up: April 15-17, 2016

Sprint Cup Series – His Joe Gibbs Racing teammates all had problems, but Carl Edwards was the class of the field Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway, leading 276 of 500 laps on this way to the checkered flag in the Food City 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second, followed by Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott and Trevor Bayne. Beside Tennessee native Bayne, who earned his first top-five finish since winning the Daytona 500 in 2011, the story of the race was the emotional sixth-place finish by Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 83 for BK Racing.
Simon Pagenaud celebrates his victory at Long Beach
credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones

Xfinity Series – Erik Jones held off his JGR teammate and mentor Kyle Busch to win Saturday’s Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 at Bristol and also take home the Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash bonus. Busch was runner-up, followed by Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon and Justin Allgaier.

Verizon IndyCar Series – Team Penkse driver Simon Pagenaud kept Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon from the checkered flag Sunday in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in California. Pagenaud’s Penske teammates Helio Castroneves – who start on the pole – and Juan Pablo Montoya finished third and fourth, respectively, followed by A.J. Foyt Racing’s Takuma Sato in fifth.

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