Edwards Races to 3rd Win of Season

Holds off Jimmie Johnson to take the Samsung 500 crown
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2008 8:35 PM CDT
Carl Edwards, front, takes the checkered flag in front of Jimmie Johnson as Edwards wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Samsung 500 auto race in in Fort Worth, Texas today.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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(Newser) – As his interim crew chief headed toward inspection, Carl Edwards offered to lend him cash to bribe NASCAR's officials. Of course, Edwards was joking. But in making light of the severe penalties his team drew when its race-winning car failed inspection last month, Edwards showed his Roush Fenway Racing team has solidly bounced back from the Las Vegas disaster.

Edwards raced to his series-best third win of the season Sunday, holding off Jimmie Johnson on a two-lap overtime sprint to the finish at Texas Motor Speedway. Edwards dominated today, leading a race-high 123 laps, reports the AP. He also won at California and Vegas, and might have won in Atlanta if his motor didn't fail while he was leading.