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March 3, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Carl Edwards snapped a 70-race winless streak with an overtime victory in Sunday's NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway. Edwards held off Daytona 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, who took second place by mere inches when he won a drag race to the finish line with third-place Denny Hamlin. "This is huge ... one of the coolest wins of my life," said Edwards, who had not won a Sprint Cup Series race since he took first in Las Vegas on March 6, 2011. Edwards, who drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, appeared to have the Subway Fresh Fit 500 in hand if he hadn't run out of fuel on the one-mile Phoenix track.
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November 12, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne revealed Tuesday that he has multiple sclerosis, but he does not think it will have any effect on his racing career. Bayne was launched into the national spotlight in 2011 when he became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500. He was 20 at the time and driving a partial Sprint Cup schedule. Now 22, he says he will compete at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend in the season finales for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series. He has one Nationwide win this season, at Iowa, and is ranked No. 6 in the points standings of that series.
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May 3, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Travis Pastrana, the former X Games star turned NASCAR driver, added to his collection of firsts Friday by winning the pole position for the Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway. He circled the 2.66-mile tri-oval with a fast lap of 176.500 mph in qualifying for the Aaron's 312 on Saturday. “It sounds like a dream come true," said Pastrana, who drives for Roush Fenway Racing. "Bringing the guys to the line at the green flag at Talladega is awesome, so I'm definitely excited.
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August 29, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Carl Edwards, who is in danger of missing NASCAR's title playoff this season, shot down rumors he might switch teams next year and join Penske Racing. Penske is deciding who will drive its No. 22 car next season after A.J. Allmendinger failed a drug test and was released from the team. Edwards drives the No. 99 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, and in a teleconference with reporters Wednesday ahead of Sunday's race in Atlanta, he brought up the rumors himself. "I wouldn't mention it except that it's gotten bad enough that sponsors and folks are asking me about it," Edwards said.
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March 16, 2014 | By Dan Loumena
Carl Edwards won a rain-plagued NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, fittingly with the final two laps under caution as showers began to fall again. The Food City 500 was delayed nearly two hours before the start and for another three hours after 124 laps. The race restarted on Lap 167 with Kurt Busch taking the lead from Matt Kenseth for the lead. The race had already run 43 laps under caution. Edwards lead a sweep of Fords, with Roush Fenway Racing teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. taking second and Aric Almirola of Richard Petty Motorsports finishing third.
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November 8, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
AVONDALE, Ariz. - Matt Kenseth said Friday, "I'm as optimistic as I've ever been" this season about his chances in Sunday's NASCAR race and catching Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup title. "I feel like my race team and my race cars are capable on any given week," said Kenseth, who's seven points behind Johnson with two races left. The first race is Sunday's AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway, followed by the season finale the next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.
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August 31, 2008 | Jim Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards picked up where they left off a week ago, except this time Busch couldn't be caught and won his seventh NASCAR Nationwide Series race in dominating fashion Saturday night. Driving in NASCAR's second-level series ahead of tonight's top-tier Sprint Cup race, Busch kept his Toyota ahead of Edwards' Ford to win the Camping World RV Service 300 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Brian Vickers was third and Jeff Burton fourth. The victory extended Busch's remarkable season.
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September 3, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Joe Gibbs Racing is expected to announce Tuesday that veteran Matt Kenseth will join its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team in 2013. Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion who's third in this year's standings, would take over the No. 20 Toyota currently driven by Joey Logano . JGR, owned by Hall of Fame NFL coach Joe Gibbs , on Sunday scheduled a news conference for Tuesday at its Huntersville, N.C, headquarters. Kenseth, 40, became available earlier this season when he announced plans to leave Roush Fenway Racing , where he drives the No. 17 Ford, after this year.
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August 12, 2007 | Associated Press
Like death and taxes, it seems Matt Kenseth's earning a spot in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup championship field is one of life's certainties. A year ago, the Roush Fenway Racing driver made a late-season charge to qualify for the Chase. That made him four for four in qualifying for the 10-race stock car playoff that began the year after Kenseth won the 2003 series title under the old points system.
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March 1, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Avondale, Ariz.-- NASCAR 's Penske Racing said Thursday it's switching back to Ford race cars from Dodge next season, a move that would leave Dodge without a major team in the elite Sprint Cup Series. Team owner Roger Penske, whose two Cup drivers are Brad Keselowski andA.J. Allmendinger, also said his team would shift to Ford in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series in 2013. Penske had been with Dodge for the last decade but, with its contract expiring after this season, the team chose Ford to keep pace with the likes of Ford powerhouse Roush Fenway Racing, Penske said.
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