Kansas & Missouri Heroes Make Good

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Edwards, Bowyer prepare to face off in September

Two hometown heroes, Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards, aim to compete as one of the top 12 drivers in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, coming to Kansas Speedway September 30. Currently, Edwards stands in sixth place, with Bowyer close behind at ninth.

The Kansas 400 is the third race in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup. If Bowyer and Edwards make the Chase, their visit to Kansas Speedway will spark their own personal Border War. Bowyer is an avid KU fan from Emporia, Kan., while Edwards hails from Columbia, Mo., home of the Missouri Tigers.

Edwards won the recent Cup race in Michigan, his first win this season. In 15 races, he has five top 10 starts and five top-10 finishes. Edwards, the driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, has led six races this season.

Bowyer launched his season into high gear at the Daytona 500 when he crossed the finish line - literally upside-down and on fire - for a 16th place finish. Bowyer has four top 10 starts, winning the Bud Pole Award at Darlington in May. So far he has seven top-10 finishes and has led five races.

Both drivers have taken advantage of additional track time in the NASCAR Busch Series, but only Edwards is driving full-time in both series. He holds first place in the NASCAR Busch Series by over 700 points, giving him a clear shot at the Championship. In 2006, Kevin Harvick wrapped up the series championship just one race after Kansas Speedway's NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300. If Edwards continues to dominate the series points, this year's Yellow Transportation 300 may be where he clinches his title.

Bowyer, driving only part-time in Busch, hasn't raced in NASCAR's development series since Nashville on June 9. In addition to the Kansas 400, Bowyer and Edwards are both scheduled to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway on September 29.

Catch Carl Edwards, Clint Bowyer, and more stars of NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway on September 29 and 30 in the NASCAR Busch Series Yellow Transportation 300 and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Kansas 400. Tickets are still available - call 866.460.RACE or order on-line at www.kansasspeedway.com.

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