BUSCH: Edwards wins NBS race in Phoenix

BUSCH: Edwards wins NBS race in Phoenix

Carl Edwards' hot streak is undeniable. Coming off back-to-back Cup series wins at Atlanta and Texas; Edwards earned the NASCAR Busch series victory at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole position on Saturday. Edwards lead 103 laps to...

Carl Edwards' hot streak is undeniable. Coming off back-to-back Cup series wins at Atlanta and Texas; Edwards earned the NASCAR Busch series victory at Phoenix International Raceway from the pole position on Saturday. Edwards lead 103 laps to grab his fifth career Busch series victory.

Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
"I was doing everything I could, I tried everything," said Edwards. "I gotta thank Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick for racing me so clean on that restart. I wasn't trying to hold them up I was just trying to get my car going. Wow. What a race. That was a lot of fun. To be honest with you, that was the best race I have ever been in."

Clint Bowyer started 32nd but worked his way up to the second place finish position. "It went quick," said Bowyer. "I could have put the bumper to him and moved but he never raced me that way and I wasn't going to race him that way."

Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle completed the top five.

"I thought I was going to get Clint cleared and go after Carl but I just couldn't quite get it done," explained Kenseth.

Harvick took the lead from pole sitter Edwards on lap 131 before a late race caution with 24 to go slowed Harvick momentarily, but a quick stop by his team got him out first. Edwards came out second and on fresh tires the No. 60 Ford began to put the heat on Harvick.

With 19 to go, Edwards finally cleared Harvick and retook the lead of the Arizona 200. The two continued to battle each other racing door-to-door for several laps until Harvick's progress was impeded by teammate Bowyer allowing Edwards to put some distance on the hard-charging Harvick.

Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle.
Photo by Kurt Dahlstrom.
Bowyer cleared Harvick with ten to go for second and began stalking the bumper of Edwards. The pressure was building behind Bowyer, however, as Kenseth began seeking the second spot.

A nudge by Bowyer in an attempt to move Edwards out of the lead cost the No. 2 Chevy momentum allowing Kenseth to maneuver past. As Kenseth and Bowyer raced for position, swapping the spot, Edwards easily pulled out to gain his fifth win of the 2005 Busch series season.

Martin Truex, Jr. and Clint Bowyer are the only two drivers mathematically eligible to win the Busch series title. Bowyer currently trails Truex by 64 points with one race left to determine the 2005 series champion.

"It continually got tighter all day," commented Truex. "We made adjustments on every stop and it just never got any better. I am really disappointed I thought we had a car that had a chance to win and we were no where near it."

There were six cautions for 36 laps and five lead changes among six drivers.

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