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NASCAR Nextel Cup
September 23, 2007

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Carl Edwards
Jim Garrahan

DOVER, DE -- A late race accident by Kurt Busch who hit the outside wall exiting Turn 2 set off a chain reaction that took out or damaged about 8 cars brought out a red-flag with 17 laps to go today at Dover.  When the green flag waved Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Office Depot car held off his teammate Greg Biffle to win Sunday's Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway, his second win on a concrete track after an earlier victory this season at Bristol.

Edwards managed to escape a wreck-filled race that knocked many of the championship contenders out of the second event in the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, the most sought title in American motorsports today.

A record 13 caution flags kept the field slowed on a sunny day before a huge crowd that saw former NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth lead 191 laps before the engine in his Ford went up in smoke near the end.

Edwards, one of the Chase contenders, drove away from runner-up Greg Biffle in a five-lap sprint following the day's final caution period to take the checkered flag.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr., battled back from being a lap down to finish third. Veteran Mark Martin was fourth and Kyle Busch was fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Casey Mears, Chase contender Jeff Burton, Jamie McMurray, Chase contender and former champion Tony Stewart, and former Formula One Champion Juan Pablo Montoya.

A 12-car pileup on the main straightway sidelined a host of cars, including Chase contender Kurt Busch, who triggered the accident when something on his car broke. Busch's car veered into the outside wall and careened back across the track in front of most of the field.

Cars involved in the accident included defending champion Jimmie Johnson, Chase contender Martin Truex, Jr., Ryan Newman, Jeff Green, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, J.J. Yeley, Kyle Busch, Scott Riggs, Elliott Sadler and Reed Sorensen.

Other Chase contenders had problems, including Denny Hamlin, involved in a wreck with Kyle Petty that relegated Hamlin to a 38th place finish. Kenseth wound up 35th. Kurt Busch was 29th, Kevin Harvick, 20th, Johnson, 14th, Jeff Gordon, 11th and Clint Bowyer, 12th.

Sunday's action tightened the point battle with just four points separating the top four drivers, Gordon, Stewart, Edwards and Kyle Busch.

Hamlin took up where he left off Saturday by taking the lead at the start of the race. Hamlin dominated things in winning the Busch Series event.


Carl Edwards crosses the finish line ahead of Biffle
Ford

Johnson was right behind him. Kenseth showed early signs of being competitive, as did Kurt Busch, who said Saturday night he thought his Dodge would be good in the race.

Cautions littered the first half of the race and pit road had to be closed to attend to an injured Michael Waltrip crew member during one of the caution periods. Mark Harris, the gas man for Waltrip, was transported to a local hospital for further observation after being knocked down during a pit stop.

When green flag racing continued, Kurt Busch took the lead with Biffle in tow. Mears was third, followed by Edwards, Kenseth and Hamlin.

Kenseth had moved ahead again by lap 112 with Busch second and Edwards third. Earnhardt served notice he planned to contend for the win when he moved into the top five before the halfway point.

Last week's winner Clint Bowyer had also moved into the top 10, after starting from the back of the pack.

Kevin Harvick lost two laps changing a flat tire at Lap 170. Harvick had been running with the leaders in the top 10 at the time. Defending champion Johnson suffered the same fate several laps later, losing two laps while his crew changed a flat right rear.

Just past the halfway point, Hamlin got into the rear of Kyle Petty coming off turn four. Petty spun, bringing out the sixth caution of the afternoon. Bowyer's car also suffered some minor front end damage. Hamlin's car was seriously damaged, sending him to the garage.

On the restart at Lap 208, Kenseth was in control with Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman in the top five. Rounding out the top 10 at the time were Casey Mears, Truex, Jr., Mark Martin, Edwards and Earnhardt.

Jeff Gordon assumed the lead in the points battle followed by Tony Stewart (two points back), Carl Edwards (three points back), Jimmie Johnson (four points back) and Kyle Busch (10 points out of first).

Results

FIN ST CAR DRIVER MAKE SPONSOR PTS/BNS LAPS STATUS
1 15 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot 190/5 400 Running
2 9 16 Greg Biffle Ford Nintendo Wii 175/5 400 Running
3 21 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Budweiser 165/0 400 Running
4 31 01 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army 165/5 400 Running
5 22 5 Kyle Busch Chevrolet Kellogg's / CARQUEST 155/0 400 Running
6 17 25 Casey Mears Chevrolet National Guard / GMAC 150/0 400 Running
7 36 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet AT&T Mobility 146/0 399 Running
8 30 26 Jamie McMurray Ford IRWIN Industrial Tools 142/0 399 Running
9 28 20 Tony Stewart Chevrolet The Home Depot 138/0 399 Running
10 2 42 Juan Montoya * Dodge Texaco / Havoline 134/0 399 Running
11 27 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 130/0 399 Running
12 42 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet DIRECTV 127/0 399 Running
13 5 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 124/0 399 Running
14 1 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's 126/5 398 Running
15 43 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 123/5 398 Running
16 23 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 115/0 397 Running
17 12 19 Elliott Sadler Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 112/0 397 Running
18 13 00 David Reutimann * Toyota Dominos.com 109/0 397 Running
19 41 7 Robby Gordon Ford Jim Beam Black 106/0 397 Running
20 7 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Shell / Pennzoil 103/0 396 Running
21 38 15 Paul Menard * Chevrolet Pittsburgh Paints / Menards 100/0 396 Running
22 18 78 Joe Nemechek Chevrolet Furniture Row Racing 97/0 396 Running
23 39 88 Kenny Wallace Ford Snickers 94/0 396 Running
24 37 38 David Gilliland Ford M&M's 91/0 395 Running
25 35 6 David Ragan * Ford AAA 88/0 394 Running
26 26 21 Ken Schrader Ford U.S. Air Force 85/0 394 Running
27 8 43 Bobby Labonte Dodge Cheerios / Betty Crocker 82/0 394 Off Track
28 4 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite 84/5 385 Out of Race
29 24 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL 76/0 385 Out of Race
30 33 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target 78/5 384 Running
31 34 66 Jeff Green Chevrolet Comcast 70/0 384 Off Track
32 14 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Dodge Dealers / UAW 67/0 384 Off Track
33 32 18 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet Interstate Batteries 64/0 383 Off Track
34 6 10 Scott Riggs Dodge Valvoline / Stanley Tools 61/0 382 Off Track
35 10 17 Matt Kenseth Ford DEWALT NANO Technology 68/10 374 Running
36 20 96 Tony Raines Chevrolet DLP HDTV 55/0 361 Running
37 29 49 John Andretti Dodge Paralyzed Veterans of America 52/0 358 Running
38 3 11 Denny Hamlin Chevrolet FedEx Ground 54/5 308 Running
39 40 40 David Stremme Dodge Halo 3 / Target 46/0 287 Running
40 16 45 Kyle Petty Dodge Wells Fargo 43/0 201 Out of Race
41 19 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS 40/0 141 Out of Race
42 25 70 Johnny Sauter Chevrolet Haas Automation 37/0 11 Out of Race
43 11 84 A.J. Allmendinger * Toyota Red Bull 34/0 4 Out of Race

* Denotes Rookie

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