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EDWARDS DELIVERS IN A MUST WIN SITUATION

When Carl Edwards crashed into the wall last weekend at Martinsville, it left his championship hopes hanging by a thread. He needed to win at either Texas or Phoenix to make the final showdown at Homestead, and he delivered on his first attempt, winning the AAA Texas 500.

Joey Logano had been the man to beat for much of the evening, in a race delayed by several hours due to rain, leading 178 of the first 188 laps, but when Edwards had a superb final stop, he could take the lead and keep it with 36 to go.

Logano did come home in 2nd, putting him in a decent position to qualify for the final 4 on points. Martin Truex Jr led a significant part of the 2nd half of the race on his way to 3rd, whilst rookie Chase Elliott battled the flu on his way to an excellent 4th. Rounding out the top 5 was Chase contender and reigning champion Kyle Busch.

Kevin Harvick and Matt Kenseth came home 6th and 7th, with Harvick now likely needing a win at Phoenix to advance.  Kasey Kahne was 8th, Denny Hamlin kept within touching distance of a Chase place in 9th, whilst 10th was Ryan Newman for Richard Childress Racing.

Kurt Busch laboured his way to a 20th place finish, meaning he joins teammate Harvick in being in a must win situation next weekend to advance.

Despite the rain making the track slick, racing under the lights at Texas was particularly uneventful, with just 8 lead changes taking place during the 293 laps. Under this package, night events have not lived up to expectation, and NASCAR will need to look at addressing this for next season.

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Top 10 Results Chase Standings
1.       Carl Edwards

2.       Joey Logano

3.       Martin Truex Jr

4.       Chase Elliott

5.       Kyle Busch

6.       Kevin Harvick

7.       Matt Kenseth

8.       Kasey Kahne

9.       Denny Hamlin

10.     Ryan Newman

Jimmie Johnson – Qualified

Carl Edwards – Qualified

Joey Logano +1

Kyle Busch +1

Matt Kenseth -1

Denny Hamlin -2

Kevin Harvick -18

Kurt Busch -34

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