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November 16, 2008 3:01 PM

Nationwide: Edwards Wins Race at Homestead, But Misses Hard-Fought Second Championship by 21 Points

Homestead, FL. (November 15, 2008) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Save-A-Lot team went into Homestead for the Nationwide Series 2008 finale to capture the title.  Edwards knew he had to have a strong race to have a shot for the championship and knew he would give it everything he had.  Edwards and his Save-A-Lot team pulled out all the stops and raced hard, leading 66 laps and winning his seventh race for a personal high.  Edwards won the battle by taking the checkered flag on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but just fell short of the championship by a mere 21 points. 

Edwards had a very strong Ford Fusion right off the hauler.  He was strong in race trim during both practices and qualified in a very solid second place position.

By lap 7 Edwards had fallen back to 4th, but his car started to come back in and Edwards was able to recapture 2nd by lap 25 and pass Jeff Burton for the lead on lap 39.  He maintained 1st for 36 laps until Kyle Busch passed him for the lead on lap 75.

On lap 101 during the fourth caution of the race, crew chief Drew Blickensderfer advised Edwards to pit for right side tires only and fuel for a 7.0 second stop.  Edwards entered the pits in 4th, but resumed racing in 3rd.

Edwards immediately jumped into 2nd by passing David Ragan and maintained it for 47 laps until he regained the lead by passing Busch for the final time on lap 167.

Edwards won his seventh race of the 2008 season and the 20th of his career by beating Kyle Busch to the finish line by .639 seconds.  Edwards then parked his Ford Fusion on the start/finish line, emerged from his car and stretched his arms to the crowd in thanks for their attendance just before he performed his signature victory celebration—the back flip.

"Yeah, it was a great race, a lot of fun,” stated Edwards.  “I really had a good time racing with Kyle [Busch] there. That was a good race.  Man, I know Clint had to be to sweating those last few laps because some of those guys behind him had tires. I thought, 'Man, it could happen.' Drew did a great job, my guys did a great job and we had a car that was fast enough to win and we did everything right.  If I could go back through the season and pick out 21 points, that'd be great, but we can't, it's a full season. Clint earned the championship.  He'll be a great champion. It's neat to see how excited his family and how excited he is.  I'm as happy as I can be for another guy to beat me and I hope he enjoys it."
 
Edwards and the No. 60 team had an excellent 2008 season finishing second in the overall Nationwide Series standings.  They finished just 21 points behind series leader Clint Bowyer.  This was the fourth closest finish in Nationwide Series history. The No. 60 team finished 2008 with four poles, seven wins, 19 top-fives and 22 top-10s. 

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