Flip Out! Edwards Wins Hefty Odor Block 200
Carl Edwards led the final 78 laps at Phoenix International Raceway Saturday afternoon to clinch victory in the Hefty Odor Block 200 for his second NASCAR Nationwide Series victory in the Valley of the Sun. Denny Hamlin started from the pole and led 63 of the opening 65 laps. Kevin Harvick took the lead on Lap 71 and held the point until Lap 124, when Edwards took over for the duration of the race. The victory was Edwards' sixth of 2008, and leaves him just 56 points behind championship points leader Clint Bowyer with just one race remaining in the season. Should Bowyer finish eighth or higher at Homestead-Miami next Saturday, he will win the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series title.
Edwards will look to duplicate his good fortune Sunday afternoon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil at PIR, the Semi-Final race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Edwards sits 106 points behind series leader Jimmie Johnson with two races remaining. The green flag will wave at 1:45 p.m, and fans can still purchase tickets by visiting PIR's on-site ticket offices.
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