Edwards Completes Weekend Sweep

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Carl Edwards put on a flawless racing performance this weekend, taking the checkered flag at both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races.

Edwards held off a red-hot Kyle Busch in a two-lap battle to the finish to capture his fifth Sprint Cup win of the season. The No. 99 car picked up 40 bonus points in the Sprint Cup seedings and now has a solid grip on the second place spot, right behind Busch in the points standings.

"This is unbelievable,” Edwards said. “We're winning races. We're gearing up for the Chase. I'm feeling stronger than ever. We're here to win championships. That's what we're shooting for."

"The key was my crew today. My guys did an unbelievable job getting me off pit road.”

Busch also credited Edwards’ crew for the win.

“It just came down to when he beat us off of pit road,” Busch said. “That was it for us. We just didn’t quite have the car capable enough of being able to beat those guys.”

The win put Edwards only 40 points behind Busch in bonus points, which are used to reorder the standings once the Chase begins in four weeks. The Columbia, Mo., native looks to be in good position when he makes his return to the Midwest to race at Kansas Speedway for the third race in the Chase on September 28.

 “What we’re doing here is a little bit of practicing for the Chase and trying to get those 10 points to catch that 18 car,” Bob Osborne, Edwards’ crew chief said. “Carl Edwards did a great job. The pit crew did a great job.”

David Ragan captured a third place finish while 2007 Kansas Speedway winner Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top five.

Kansas native Clint Bowyer remains 13th in the points standings. Bowyer finished 20th in Sunday’s race and sits 26 points behind the 12th place Chase cutoff spot held by Denny Hamlin.

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