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Dickies 500 - Texas Motor Speedway

Edwards Wins Two in a Row, Tightens Points Chase
Carl Edwards enjoyed winning so much at Atlanta last week that he decided he would bring the party with him and win again in Texas (where everything is bigger.) Edwards’ second consecutive victory had more drama than last week’s win of nearly three seconds and it placed him in a position to tangle for the 2005 Nextel Cup Championship in his first full year on the circuit. Edwards won the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, scoring his fourth NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 47th career start, and set a track record with an average speed of 151.055 mph in his win. This race at Texas was similar to Atlanta in a lot of ways for Edwards, especially the part where he takes the checkered flag. Like last week, Edwards did not show his hand until the second half of the race, taking the lead for the first time on lap 199. And of course, Edwards chose to ride high, wide and handsome around the 1.5-mile track where he led five times for a total of 82 laps. Just when Edwards was pulling away and heading for another easy win, NASCAR threw a caution flag for debris with 14 laps to go. Edwards' crew chief, Bob Osborne, made the call to pit for four tires but when five cars chose to stay on the track, he quickly changed that call to a two-tire stop. Edwards would restart the race in the sixth position with only 11 laps remaining and teammate Mark Martin in the lead. Edwards would work his way through the wad of lead lap and lap down cars and pass Martin with two laps remaining. Edwards was then able to build a nice lead to win by 0.584 seconds over Martin and capture his second win in the Chase. Edwards joins Jimmie Johnson as the only drivers with two Chase victories this year. Edwards becomes the 10th different race winner in 10 races at Texas Motor Speedway and scores the fifth victory in 10 NEXTEL Cup races at Texas for car owner Jack Roush – all by different drivers. This was Roush’s 88th victory as a car owner and 14th in 34 races this season. Edwards gives Ford their 15th victory in 2005, while Chevrolet has 16 and Dodge has three. Edwards has climbed from sixth to third in the NEXTEL Cup point standings in the last three races, now 77 points behind point leader Tony Stewart. Edwards ranked ninth in the standings after the first race at New Hampshire. In the final rundown, Martin had to settle for second place on the day but not after leading four times for 42 laps. Matt Kenseth led three times for 149 laps, leading the most laps for the third time in a race this season, finishing in the third position and giving Roush Racing a 1-2-3 sweep. Casey Mears swept the fourth-place finishes at Texas this year, matching his career best effort. Jimmie Johnson crossed the finish line in fifth and knocked five points off of Stewart’s lead in the 2005 Chase for NEXTEL Cup. Stewart finished sixth at Texas and remained the points leader, only 38 points ahead of Johnson.

Dickies 500 Notes
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· Point Standings
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· Final Practice
· Practice 2
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· Starting Lineup
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· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
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· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Stuart Kirby Notes
· Terry Labonte Notes
· Kevin Lepage Notes
· Bobby Hamilton Jr. Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Newman Wins Texas Pole, Wrecks on Second Lap
Ryan Newman’s first lap around the Texas Motor Speedway gave him the pole position for the Dickies 500, but he blew it all away as a tire blew on his second lap, sending his Dodge into the turn four wall. Newman will have to go to a backup car for the race on Sunday, thus will start from the rear of the field. Lap number one for Newman was timed in at 27.987 seconds, at an average speed of 192.947 mph, good enough to earn him his 35th career Bud Pole in 150 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races, moving him into a tie with Ned Jarrett and Fireball Roberts for 18th on the all-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole list. It is Newman’s second consecutive Bud Pole and his eighth this season. He clinched the Bud Pole Award for the fourth consecutive year with his seventh Bud Pole of the season last week at Atlanta. It is also Newman’s third top-10 start in five races at Texas Motor Speedway, including a sweep of both Bud Poles this season. He also won both Bud Poles at Atlanta and is the only driver to sweep both Bud Poles at a track this season. But this Bud Pole is in name only as Newman went for more speed and ran a second lap that will send him to the end of the starting grid. Instead the inside lane will move up a spot and third-place qualifier Matt Kenseth will start first for the race on Sunday. This is Kenseth’s first start of better than 13th in seven races at Texas Motor Speedway and his ninth top-10 start this season. Jeff Gordon posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.067 seconds, at an average of 192.397 mph – and will start on the outside pole for the Dickies 500. Only Newman and Gordon were able to break the 192-mph mark in the qualifying session. This is Gordon’s seventh top-10 start in 10 races at Texas and his best qualifying effort here. ‘Front Row’ Joe will start from the second row, Nemechek qualified fourth, posting his 10th top-10 start this season and his fifth top-10 start in nine races at Texas. Jeremy Mayfield qualified fifth but will get the bump to start third, his fourth top-10 start in 10 races at Texas, including both races this season. Five of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Newman, Kenseth, Mayfield, Greg Biffle in seventh and Mark Martin in eighth.


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