Ed­wards picks up pace in Chase

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DOVER, DEL.

Carl Ed­wards bat­tled through seven late cau­tions on Sun­day to win the NASCAR Nex­tel Cup Se­ries Dodge Deal­ers 400 at Dover In­ter­na­tional Speed­way.

On a day where sev­eral Chase for the Cham­pi­onship con­tenders strug­gled, Ed­wards drove a Ford Fu­sion to his third win of the sea­son and sev­enth of his ca­reer to move up to third in the stand­ings, three points be­hind leader Jeff Gor­don.

“We just have to keep run­ning like we’ve been run­ning,” said Ed­wards, who leads the NASCAR Busch se­ries stand­ings by a whop­ping 754 points.

“This is a big win for us and great points day. A lot of guys (in the Chase) had bad days.”

Gor­don was 11th in a Chevro­let Im­pala and took the lead atop the stand­ings from team­mate Jim­mie John­son who fin­ished 14th.

“It was a crazy day at Dover and some­how we came out of it with the points lead,” Gor­don said.

Tony Ste­wart ran ninth in a Chevro­let and moved into sec­ond place, just two points be­hind Gor­don.

Ed­wards’ Roush Fen­way Rac­ing team­mate Greg Bif­fle was sec­ond, fol­lowed by the Chevro­lets of Dale Earn­hardt Jr., Mark Martin and Kyle Busch.

Busch re­mained fifth in the stand­ings, just 10 points be­hind Gor­don.

Clint Bowyer, who won last week’s first Chase race at New Hamp­shire, started 42nd af­ter a poor qual­i­fy­ing ef­fort but ral­lied to fin­ish 12th. He sits sixth in the stand­ings, 18 points out of the lead.

The rest of the Chase con­tenders were not as for­tu­nate.

A multi-car pileup with 14 laps left knocked out John­son, Martin Truex Jr. and Kurt Busch.

Truex wound up 13th af­ter earn­ing his first ca­reer Nex­tel Cup win here in June. He’s sev­enth in stand­ings. “It was a top-five day for us un­til late,” Truex said.

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Carl Ed­wards rock­ets to third over­all in NASCAR Chase points.

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