Edwards Takes Win Number Three of 2008
Carl Edwards must know how the West was won... state by state. He won in California. He won in Nevada. And, Sunday, he won in Texas. The back-flipping Edwards is on a roll.
And he's doing it without his regular crew chief, who is sitting out a suspension for rules violations earlier in the year. Running either at the front, or just behind Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch most of the race, Edwards took the lead on lap 214 of the 339-lap Samsung 500 and practically held it the remaining distance.
Dale Jr. Roars to Pole at Texas Motor Speedway
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the fastest gun in Texas on Friday afternoon. Earnhardt won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Samsung 500 with a lap of 28.286 seconds, at an average speed of 190.097 mph.
This is his eighth pole in 298 career NASCAR Sprint Cup races, with his most recent pole coming at Pocono in
This is Earnhardt's first pole and fourth top-10 start of the 2008 season.
Earnhardt posted his second pole and sixth top-10 start in 12 races at Texas. It is his first start better than
seventh in his last 10 races here.
Carl Edwards posted the second-fastest qualifying time with a lap of 28.498 seconds, at an average speed of 189.487 mph, to net his first start of better than 10th in seven Texas races.
Kyle Busch qualified in the third position, posting his second top-10 starts in seven races at Texas. His other top-10 start was fifth in April 2007 when qualifying was canceled.
David Reutimann (sixth) was the fastest of the drivers required to make the field on time and Sam Hornish Jr. (17th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
NASCAR Newscast: Texas Review
Watch Carl Edwards' third win of the season, and hear from the winner and runner-up Jimmie Johnson. Plus, find out how the Texas race shook up the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.
Video: Post-Race News Conferences at Texas
Carl Edwards enjoys driving the new car with the best racers in the world
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Jimmie Johnson says he had a good run but a difficult time finding the right setup for his car
(15 seconds) [Watch Video]
Kyle Busch says he battled his car to get a third-place finish
(35 seconds) [Watch Video]
Video: Dale Jr. Pole-Winning News Conference at Texas
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he thought he would start in the first five rows, but didn't realize how fast his car was two-tenths of a second faster than Carl Edwards
(20 seconds) [Watch Video]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won't say his new team is better than his old team, but he and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. have new and different assets this season.
(44 seconds) [Watch Video]
Dale Earnhardt Jr. says Texas Motor Speedway ranks with Daytona International Speedway as important tracks to him, and the success of racing in Texas gives him hope for the continued growth of NASCAR
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