Edwards takes control late at Bristol for second win of season

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Carl Edwards picked up another 10 bonus points to use in his pursuit of the Nextel Cup title with a dominating victory Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Edwards passed Kasey Kahne for the lead with 166 laps to go and wasn't challenged the rest of the way as he drove to his second victory of the season. He beat Kahne to the line by 1.405 seconds, then did his trademark backflip on the finish line to celebrate.

The top 12 drivers in the standings will run for the Nextel Cup title, and they'll be seeded based on the bonus points earned through "regular season" victories. Edwards now has 20 points, which would tie him with Kurt Busch for third place when the Chase for the championship begins Sept. 16 in New Hampshire.

Only Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson (four wins each) and Tony Stewart (three) have more.

Clint Bowyer finished third, Stewart was fourth and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fifth.

Busch, Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle rounded out the top 10.

The Chase standings didn't change much, as Kurt Busch is still holding down the 12th and final position with two races to go. Earnhardt, despite a strong run, is 158 points back.

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