Edwards and teammate Greg Biffle stayed in the back of the pack most of the day which paid off as they missed out on wrecks, but Edwards never got in contention to win as he finished 11th in the race.
“I don’t know I’ve ever been happy about an 11th place,” Edwards said. “This is one that is nerve-wracking for everyone. We came in here with a small point lead and we are leaving with a bigger one. That’s a huge day for us.”
Even though Edwards wasn’t in contention to win the race most of the race, he said he was pleased with the way his plan was executed.
“There were times we kind of did our own separate thing,” Edwards said. “Our plan was always to be within sight and to be able to come back and work together at the end. We knew we could only do that if our cars where close together. It is easy to look at the outcome of the race say you came in 11th if you would have started earlier you would have finished better. I still believe the plan we have worked out well. I am happy with the outcome.”
In the 2008 AMP Energy 499 Edwards finished 29th, which ended up costing him a chance to win the Chase.
“In 2008 we came in here and I was ultimately frustrated with my self for taking myself out at this race so that was my first goal to not take my self out,” Edwards said. “I was prepared to lose the point lead, but I wasn’t going to accept making a mistake and losing control of my car.”
Edwards has a 20-point lead over Matt Kenseth who is second in the Chase standings with four races left. Edwards believe it is not time to get to comfortable.
“We’d have to have a hundred point lead to take a breathe,” Edwards said. “Anything can happen. I am proud of our team, where we’ve come from (and) how far we’ve come in 18 months. It is unbelievable. It is a testament to how hard everyone’s willing to work, how much responsibility everyone’s willing to take for the things we need to fix.”
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