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  • 17 Jul
    SONOMA, Calif. [b]Chad Kuhl Pirates Jersey[/b] . -- Carl Edwards has never been known for his road racing skills -- to the point team owner Jack Roush had to send him testing in a two-seater so Boris Said could teach him the basics. A decade later, Edwards finally has a win to show for his hard work. And, he beat road racing ace Jeff Gordon to get to Victory Lane on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, where Gordon leads all drivers with five wins. "My road racing progression, its been a pretty long climb," Edwards said. "The real special part to me was to stand in Victory Lane at Sonoma and have Jeff Gordon come and give me a handshake as the second-place finisher. I grew up watching Jeff Gordon, and specifically watching how he drove this race track and all the successes he had here, so I mean, thats really super. Its something Ill never forget." Edwards win made Roush Fenway Racing the unlikely organization to end Hendrick Motorsports five-race winning streak. And, the win came a week after Roush was shut out at Michigan, where the organization failed to put a car in the top 10 for the first time since 2000. Edwards took the lead on a restart with 25 laps remaining and seemed to have the win wrapped up until Gordon nearly chased him down on the final lap. Gordon had one good look at Edwards and couldnt pull off the pass. "That last lap was ugly," Edwards said of trying to hold off Gordon. It wasnt a terrible day for the Hendrick organization, which had won every Sprint Cup Series race since Gordons victory at Kansas on May 10. Instead, HMS settled for all four of its drivers finishing in the top seven. Gordon, the Sprint Cup Series points leader, wound up second. He said he made one mistake in overdriving a turn with about five laps to go that allowed Edwards to build a healthy lead. "I just couldnt put enough pressure on him," Gordon said. "I think had I put some more pressure on him, I saw him really struggling with the (tire) grip level, but he did everything he needed to do. That last lap, I gave it my best effort and closed up on him and he didnt overdrive it. I was hoping he might slide up and Id get a run on him." Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third after rallying from an incident that wrecked Matt Kenseth, and was apologetic on the radio and after the race. "I tried to screw it up a couple times in the race, but I calmed down and was able to get a good finish," Earnhardt said after his career-best finish on a road course. "I got into Matt, I jumped a curb and jumped into the air and just ran into him. Totally my fault. I hope hes not sore with me." Kasey Kahne bounced back from an early flat tire to finish sixth and Jimmie Johnson was seventh. In all, Chevrolet drivers took spots two through seven as pole-sitter Jamie McMurray, using a Hendrick engine, finished fourth and Paul Menard was fifth. Fords rounded out the top 10, led by Edwards, Marcos Ambrose eighth and Roush driver Greg Biffle was 10th. The highest-finishing Toyota was Clint Bowyer in 11th. Bowyer was the leader on a restart with 31 laps to go, was passed by Ambrose, and then got a flat left rear tire. The tire problem led to Jamie McMurray turning Bowyer, and as Bowyers car was stopped in the middle of the track, bottleneck traffic caused Kevin Harvick to run into Bowyer. "We got ourselves in position and had a flat. It was going down and I was all over the place," he said. "Jamie just kind of finished me up and got me out of the way. Bad luck, man." Edwards win is his first career victory on a road course, and hed never been higher than third at Sonoma. More important, it was his second win of this season and locks him into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field. It was Edwards 23rd win of his career, the 135th Sprint Cup Series victory for car owner Jack Roush, and it made Edwards the 10th consecutive different winner at Sonoma. Crew chief Jimmy Fennig said the race played into their hands after pitting with 40 to go and then a caution came out and Fennig made the call to not bring Edwards in a second time under yellow. The strategy moved Edwards toward the front of the field and he moved his way to the front. "When you got somebody like Carl behind the wheel, and you put him out front, hes going to get it done," Fennig said. "To have two wins right now and to be locked in really feels good." [b]Willie Stargell Jersey[/b] . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. 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It looks good and it appears to have knitted together in a short space of time.But Im probably glad we are going to be the first ones to use it.Hibs beat their Premier League rivals 3-0 in the quarter-finals of the League Cup in November, but Stubbs says the result will have no bearing on the outcome this weekend. Why itll be a case of friends reunited when Hibernian face Dundee United in the Scottish Cup semi-final We will be motivated for this game. [b]Starling Marte Pirates Jersey[/b]. You only have to look at where the game is being played, which is obviously very different (from last year), he said.But I honestly believe that Dundee United are stronger since the last time we played so when you put them into the mix, we are going to have a difficult game on Saturday.Our motivation is getting to a final and what we will be focused on is beating the team in front of us, who are trying to stop us getting to another final.A drop off in form has seen Hibs take maximum points from just two of their last 11 matches, but Stubbs is adamant promotion to the Premiership alongside Rangers is his ultimate goal. Falkirks Bob McHugh (19) celebrates his last-minute equaliser at Easter Road There is always a reason when you lose and we have contributed to that ourselves by making a couple of silly mistakes. But we need to get back to the very good form that we were in early on in the season, he added.Tuesday (a 2-2 draw with Falkirk) was the best performance we have put in for a while but we shot ourselves in the foot late on. But I have total belief in the players and I know we will turn our form around and I have no problem with that whatsoever.The priority has always been promotion but this match is the priority this weekend. All games are priorities, but we want to get up and that is our main focus and it has been all season. Nothing has changed but this is a game we are desperate to win. Also See: Falkirk hold Hibs Hibs fixtures Hibs stats Scottish Champ table ' ' '