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Cool-down:

This marks Edwards' first victory of 2016.

Cool-down:

Top five: Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Trevor Bayne.

Lap 500:

Carl Edwards wins the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Lap 499:

White flag: Edwards continues to lead.

Lap 496:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. is running second, about a half second behind Carl Edwards.

Lap 495:

Green flag: Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch lead the restart.

Lap 491:

Caution: Regan Smith gets into the wall. Denny Hamlin earns the free pass.

Lap 489:

Green flag: Carl Edwards, Chase Elliott lead the field to green.

Lap 487:

Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and a few other cars pit. The leaders stay out.

Lap 485:

Caution: Michael Annett spins. Brad Keselowski is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 481:

Two of the rookies -- Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney -- are running in the top five.

Lap 477:

Roush Fenway Racing's Greg Biffle, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are all running in the top 10.

Lap 472:

Joey Logano says he lost all power on the restart, similar to the incident with the No. 88 at the start of the race.

Lap 468:

Joey Logano doesn't go on the restart and Chase Elliott moves into second.

Lap 466:

Green flag: Carl Edwards leads the restart.

Lap 462:

Dillon's No. 14 made contact with Landon Cassill prior to the caution. The No. 38 car heads down pit road for repairs.

Lap 461:

Dillon and his crew had just been discussing whether or not to pit when his tire went down.

Lap 460:

Caution: Ty Dillon hits the wall.

Lap 457:

Ty Dillon gets into the wall after contact with Dale Jr. The race stays green.

Lap 455:

Chase Elliott puts pressure on Kurt Busch for third.

Lap 449:

Kurt Busch lets Kevin Harvick in for second.

Lap 448:

Green flag: Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick lead the field to green.

Lap 445:

Michael McDowell is penalized for speeding.

Lap 444:

The leaders stay off pit road.

Lap 443:

Aric Almirola, his crew chief and spotter are being called to the NASCAR hauler after the race.

Lap 438:

AJ Allmendinger is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 437:

Caution: Aric Almirola spins after contact with the No. 78 of Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 436:

Three of the four JGR cars have experienced tire issues today. The exception is Edwards, who continues to lead.

Lap 427:

Truex comes down pit road.

Lap 426:

Second-place Martin Truex Jr. believes he has a loose wheel.

Lap 422:

Chase Elliott slides by Kasey Kahne for fifth.

Lap 419:

Fourth-place Kurt Busch's No. 41 Chevy is still smoking. He has a left-rear tire rub.

Lap 417:

Edwards gets a good restart, as Martin Truex Jr. settles into second.

Lap 416:

Green flag: Carl Edwards leads the restart.

Lap 414:

Danica Patrick is penalized for an uncontrolled tire.

Lap 414:

Jimmie Johnson will take the wave around again.

Lap 411:

Race off pit road: 19 4 41 78 22 5 88 24 14 38.

Lap 409:

Caution: Denny Hamlin gets into the wall.

Lap 407:

Rookie Ryan Blaney re-enters the top 10.

Lap 404:

Kevin Harvick gets by SHR teammate Kurt Busch for second.

Lap 402:

Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. pass Landon Cassill for seventh and eighth, respectively.

Lap 397:

Leader Kurt Busch begins to run into lapped traffic, giving the lead to Carl Edwards.

Lap 391:

Brad Keselowski had a flat tire. The team is looking into what caused it on pit road.

Lap 389:

Brad Keselowski heads down pit road after falling back.

Lap 383:

Jimmie Johnson and AJ Allmendinger continue to race each other hard, make contact.

Lap 380:

Chase Elliott moves back into the top 10 after passing Ty Dillon.

Lap 378:

Kasey Kahne battles Brad Keselowski for fourth.

Lap 376:

Carl Edwards is catching up to leader Kurt Busch.

Lap 369:

Jimmie Johnson makes contact with the bumper of AJ Allmendinger.

Lap 366:

Good run for Kasey Kahne, as he moves into the fifth position.

Lap 363:

Kevin Harvick shoots past Brad Keselowski for third.

Lap 360:

Landon Cassill holds off Joey Logano for sixth.

Lap 357:

Kurt Busch clears Carl Edwards for the lead.

Lap 356:

Green flag: Carl Edwards, Kurt Busch lead.

Lap 354:

Brian Scott is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 351:

Kurt Busch has a left-front tire rub.

Lap 350:

Aric Almirola is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 350:

Caution: Brian Scott spins and hits the wall.

Lap 349:

Kasey Kahne slides, giving up spots to Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick.

Lap 346:

Carl Edwards gets a substantial lead over Kurt Busch.

Lap 344:

Green flag: Carl Edwards leads the restart.

Lap 342:

Matt Kenseth after wrecking out of today's race to FOX: I'll "put a big ole smile on my face, go to Richmond and try again."

Lap 341:

Ryan Newman is penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 340:

After incurring damage to the right side of his No. 48, Jimmie Johnson heads to pit road.

Lap 340:

After further review, NASCAR says the restart was fine.

Lap 338:

Caution: Casey Mears spins.

Lap 336:

Green flag: Carl Edwards leads the field to green.

Lap 335:

Josh Wise is penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 335:

Jimmie Johnson took the wave around to get one of his two laps back.

Lap 334:

Chase Elliott is penalized for improper fueling.

Lap 333:

Denny Hamlin is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 333:

Ryan Newman is penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 333:

Race off pit road: 19 4 41 2 38.

Lap 331:

Matt Kenseth heads to the garage.

Lap 330:

Caution: Josh Wise gets into the wall.

Lap 329:

Chris Buescher makes contact with Austin Dillon.

Lap 327:

Matt Kenseth says he blew a right-front tire.

Lap 323:

Matt Kenseth scrapes the wall again while running third. He heads to pit road and the race remains green.

Lap 320:

Kevin Harvick takes the lead from Carl Edwards.

Lap 317:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. re-enters the top 10.

Lap 311:

All four Stewart-Haas Racing cars are running in the top 10, with Kevin Harvick leading the charge in second.

Lap 300:

Jimmie Johnson hits pit road after his No. 48 car became really loose from a loose lug nut.

Lap 296:

After leading the restart, Landon Cassill has fallen back to fourth.

Lap 289:

Despite Chad Knaus' warning that they might have left a rear lug nut loose, Jimmie Johnson reports no vibrations and is running fourth.

Lap 285:

Kasey Kahne gets close to the bumper of Danica Patrick. The two had an on-track run-in at Fontana in March.

Lap 281:

Carl Edwards takes the lead from Landon Cassill.

Lap 278:

Carl Edwards fights for the lead from Landon Cassill.

Lap 273:

Green flag: Landon Cassill leads the field to green.

Lap 288:

Landon Cassill, Ty Dillon, Greg Biffle and Danica Patrick all stayed out during the last cycle of pit stops and will restart in the front.

Lap 266:

"Guess it just wasn't meant to be," Kyle Busch tells reporter Jamie Little on FOX.

Lap 265:

Teammates Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth have led 253 of 265 laps.

Lap 262:

"We're done," No. 18 crew chief Adam Stevens says over the radio. Lots of damage on the No. 18 Toyota.

Lap 261:

Race off pit road: 19 48 4 78 5 41 2 20.

Lap 260:

Leaders come down pit road.

Lap 259:

Caution: Kyle Busch smacks the wall.

Lap 256:

Brad Keselowski is back in the top 10.

Lap 252:

Jimmie Johnson is up to third.

Lap 240:

Kevin Harvick takes second back from Ryan Blaney.

Lap 230:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. works the back bumper of Paul Menard for seventh place.

Lap 227:

Ryan Blaney takes second-place from Kevin Harvick.

Lap 227:

Green flag: Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick lead the field to green.

Lap 222:

Austin Dillon and Greg Biffle are penalized for speeding.

Lap 220:

Clint Bowyer earns the free pass.

Lap 218:

Caution: David Ragan blows up.

Lap 212:

Brad Keselowski made hard side contact with Trevor Bayne while running 19th.

Lap 202:

Ryan Blaney cracks the top five after Jimmie Johnson drops two positions using the lower line.

Lap 199:

Jimmie Johnson cracks the top five.

Lap 195:

Carl Edwards takes the lead from Paul Menard.

Lap 194:

Green flag: Paul Menard leads the field to green.

Lap 191:

Chase Elliott takes the wave around to get back one his laps. He is now one lap down.

Lap 191:

Paul Menard gambles again, takes two tires on the last stop to win the race off pit road.

Lap 190:

Kyle Busch is penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 189:

Top six off pit road: 27 19 78 4 18 47.

Lap 187:

Caution: Matt Kenseth scrapes the wall while leading. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. earns the free pass.

Lap 163:

Chase Elliott believes a tire went down and pitted. He's now 32nd.

Lap 179:

Kevin Harvick gets around AJ Allmendinger for third.

Lap 173:

Kyle Busch is zipping around cars through the top 10. He passes Ryan Blaney for eighth.

Lap 168:

Brothers Kyle and Kurt Busch battle for position.

Lap 164:

Kyle Busch had rebounded from the blown tire and spin and is up to 11th.

Lap 161:

Kasey Kahne cracks the top 10, joining teammate Chase Elliott, who is running eighth.

Lap 157:

AJ Allmendinger takes second from Carl Edwards.

Lap 154:

Green flag: Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards lead the restart.

Lap 152:

David Ragan is penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 151:

Now in the garage, Kyle Larson believes he has a broken track bar.

Lap 150:

Trevor Bayne is penalized for a commitment line violation.

Lap 149:

After taking the wave around during the last caution, Dale Jr. heads to pit road.

Lap 148:

Larson's No. 42 Chevrolet is in the garage.

Lap 147:

Caution: Kyle Larson hits the wall in Turn 2.

Lap 144:

Matt Kenseth puts rookie Brian Scott one lap down.

Lap 140:

After taking two tires, Paul Menard has dropped to sixth.

Lap 138:

Kyle Larson is up to third.

Lap 132:

Kurt Busch puts pressure on Ryan Blaney for 11th-place.

Lap 128:

Junior is back on the lead lap after taking the wave around. Seven cars took the wave around during the last cycle of pit stops.

Lap 122:

Green flag: Matt Kenseth leads.

Lap 120:

Paul Menard gambles and takes two tires during the last cycle of pit stops. He'll restart second.

Lap 119:

David Ragan is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 119:

Chris Buescher's No. 34 Ford made contact with Busch's No. 18, causing the spin.

Lap 116:

Caution: Kyle Busch spins in Turn 2.

Lap 113:

Joey Logano is penalized for an uncontrolled tire and must serve a pass-through penalty.

Lap 110:

Joey Logano hits pit road for a vibration.

Lap 108:

Kasey Kahne and Jamie McMurray made brief contact battling for 12th-place.

Lap 107:

Kevin Harvick has worked his way up to third.

Lap 105:

Joey Logano and AJ Allmendinger battle for seventh.

Lap 94:

Leader Matt Kenseth puts Regan Smith one lap down.

Lap 91:

Kyle Larson knocks on the door of the top five.

Lap 87:

Currently 35th, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in the position for the free pass.

Lap 84:

Carl Edwards used the lower line and dropped through the field before getting back in line. He's currently eighth.

Lap 79:

AJ Allmendinger is up to fourth.

Lap 78:

Matt Kenseth powers to the lead, followed by Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 77:

Green flag: Matt Kenseth leads the field to green.

Lap 75:

After blowing a right-front tire, Kyle Busch will restart 32nd, still on the lead lap.

Lap 74:

Correction: Cole Whitt is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 73:

David Ragan is penalized for too many crew members over the wall.

Lap 70:

Caution: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. spins; David Ragan is the beneficiary of the free pass.

Lap 66:

Dale Jr. makes slight contact with Michael Annett.

Lap 60:

Denny Hamlin fights with teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead.

Lap 59:

Green flag: Matt Kenseth leads.

Lap 57:

Dale Jr. takes the wave around to put him one lap behind the leaders.

Lap 57:

David Ragan is also penalized for too many crew members over the wall and speeding.

Lap 55:

Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski are penalized for speeding on pit road.

Lap 54:

Race off pit road: 20 19 22 11 2 4 48 78 31 6.

Lap 54:

Cars head to pit road for yellow-flag stops.

Lap 53:

Busch, who was running third, blew a right-front tire, causing his No. 18 to get up into the wall.

Lap 52:

Caution: Kyle Busch gets into the wall in Turn 2.

Lap 50:

Edwards tries the lower line and drops to fourth.

Lap 44:

Matt Kenseth takes the lead from teammate Carl Edwards.

Lap 41:

Edwards takes the lead back from Logano.

Lap 39:

There are reports that the Nos. 15 and 98 cars are dropping fluid.

Lap 37:

Joey Logano takes the lead from Carl Edwards.

Lap 32:

Joey Logano battles Carl Edwards for the lead, while also fighting lapped traffic.

Lap 30:

Joey Logano passes Matt Kenseth for second.

Lap 26:

Junior tells Greg Ives via in-car radio that someone is dropping oil on the track. The race remains green.

Lap 20:

Kyle Busch tries the low line, but can't seem to make it work. His No. 18 Toyota is remains fifth.

Lap 17:

Aric Almirola avoids a spin after slight contact with Ty Dillon's No. 14 Chevy.

Lap 15:

Most drivers appear to be using the outside lane.

Lap 12:

Rookies Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott race side-by-side in 15th and 16th, respectively.

Lap 7:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns to the track, but has lost two laps.

Lap 3:

Edwards takes the lead from Kenseth.

Lap 1:

Lap 1: Dale Earnhardt Jr. didn't get going on the restart and makes his way onto pit road.

Green flag:

Green flag: Carl Edwards leads the field in the Food City 500 (500 laps, 266.5 miles).

JGR dominance:

JGR dominance: All four Joe Gibbs Racing cars will be starting from the top five.

Update:

Update: Pole sitter Carl Edwards has chosen to start from the outside, leaving Matt Kenseth with the inside lane.

“Drivers, Start Your Engines:"

“Drivers, Start Your Engines:" Rusty Wallace.

Flyover TOT by:

Flyover TOT by: A-10s (2) from 74th Fighter Squadron, Moody Air Force Base (Turn 3 to Turn 1).

National Anthem:

National Anthem: Clare Dunn.

Invocation:

Mike Rife, Vansant Church of Christ, Vansant, Virginia.

Presentation of Colors:

Presentation of Colors: TN Army National Guard.

On the pole:

On the pole: Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Now underway:

Now underway: Driver Introductions.

Welcome:

Welcome: It's Lap-By-Lap coverage for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.