Carl Edwards Wins at Texas, Logano Finishes Second to Improve Championship Prospects


The AAA Texas 500 was scheduled to be a Sunday afternoon shootout at Texas Motor Speedway, but the weather failed to cooperate. A steady downpour forced the race to be run under the lights as NASCAR took advantage of a break in the clouds to get enough laps in to make the results official. Carl Edwards took the checkered flag after a brief shower stopped the event after 293 ofJoey Logano Texas Speedwaythe scheduled 334 laps. Joey Logano, who led a race high 178 laps, finished second to further solidify his chances of advancing to the Championship final in two weeks at Homestead.After hitting the wall at Martinsville and finishing well behind in the points, Edwards was facing a must win at either Texas or Phoenix. The victory assures Edwards the opportunity to join Jimmie Johnson as two of the four drivers with a chance to win the Sprint Cup Championship. Two spots remain and the competition for those positions makes next Sunday’s race at Phoenix a must-watch for any serious NASCAR fan.  With his second-place finish Logano now sits third in the points, tied with Kyle Busch. Matt Kenseth is fifth and is only 1 point behind the final qualifying spot, Denny Hamlin is sixth 1 point behind Kenseth. Seventh place Kevin Harvick (18 points back) and eighth place Kurt Busch (34 points back) are now in the same must-win position that Edwards was.If any of the six chase drivers without a win in this round fail to capture the checkered flag at Phoenix, then two drivers advance on points. If one of the six can pull off a victory, then the non-winning driver with the most points in this round will take the last qualifying position. Expect these guys to scrap for every position, on every lap as the battle in the desert heats up in the Can-Am 500.