Hampton, Ga. (October 30, 2005) Dominating one-third of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 today at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards delivered his signature back flip again for Atlanta race fans.
It would be safe to say that Edwards considers AMS his favorite track now. Including today's event, Edwards is three for three at AMS in 2005. Edwards swept both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, as well as the Aarons 312 NASCAR Busch Series event this spring.
Edwards, who started second, led 107 of 325 laps to hold off Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth, who made up the rest of the top-five.
"It’s unbelieveable...I have the best crew," said an elated Edwards.
Edwards car owner was thrilled as well.
“Carl’s been a real surprise,” said Jack Roush, car owner for Edwards and four other Chase contenders (Martin, Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle). “For him to have led this team to three victories…and the potential to win the Chase, is beyond my wildest imagination.”
With just three races remaining in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, Edwards’ win today moved him from the fifth position to fourth in the Chase behind Biffle and trails leader Tony Stewart by 107 points.
“It wasn’t near as impressive as Jeff Gordon or Mark Martin, but in the big picture, it was a solid day for us,” said Stewart. “We got the lead once and got five points early, and was huge goal for us. I’d like to win the next three races and know for sure that I’m the champion; you just don’t know what is going to happen.”
Points leader Stewart and the rest of the NEXTEL Cup Series drivers will get their chance to find out when they head to AMS’s sister track Texas Motor Speedway for the Dickies 500, the third to last race of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.