Controversial Edwards Looks To Clinch

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Carl Edwards is in the middle of controversy after an altercation with his teammate Matt Kenseth in Martinsville and will try to put that behind him to clinch the Busch Series title Saturday in Memphis.

Video of the tangle showed Edwards and Kenseth engaged in a heated argument after the Subway 500 with Edwards at one point cocking his fist and nearly punching Kenseth.

Edwards this week apologized and cited a lack of team chemistry at Roush Fenway Racing for his frustration.

"It was not a one-day deal," Edwards said. "It wasn't just Sunday's on-track incident where I bumped into Matt and he bumped into me harder and I got madder all day."

"Matt Kenseth and I have not spoken -- I don't think Matt's voluntarily said two sentences to me in the last six months, you know. We just don't talk a lot. We don't know one another well enough. And it's my opinion that that's what's precipitated this stuff is that lack of communication."

Edwards believes other teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, have a better spirit of cooperation than his current organization.

"Hendrick Motorsports and those people that we compete against do a better job of having team spirit than we've done lately," Edwards said. "I'm just as guilty of that as anyone. As a team, we need to do a better job working together."

Edwards will try to move on from his controversial week Saturday at Memphis Motorsports Park when he looks to finally lock up the 2007 Busch Series title.

Edwards needs to lead David Reutimann by 585 points after Saturday's Sam's Town 250 to clinch the championship.

Edwards ledas by 638 points and can lose 53 points and still hoist the championship trophy. An eighth-place finish or better for Edwards would also clinch the title.

Considering Edwards’ past at Memphis, losing points doesn’t seem likely.

He’s been stellar there, finishing in the top five in both his visits. Edwards finished fifth and third in 2005 and ‘06, respectively.

Reutimann has run at Memphis in the NASCAR Busch Series only once, posting a 12th-place finish in 2002.

Another battle to watch is for the owner’s championship – and the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet could make a hard charge this weekend. J.J. Yeley, a Memphis master, will pilot the No. 20 FedEx Chevrolet this weekend and try to chip away at the 116-point lead the No. 29 Richard Childress Chevrolet now owns.

Of those competing this weekend, Yeley holds the top statistics in most categories. With finishes of second and 10th in 2005 and ‘06, he has a Driver Rating of 108.7, an Average Running Position of 8.0, and has run 85.6% of the total laps in the top 15. All those numbers are best of any driver in Saturday’s race.

Scott Wimmer, who will drive the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet this weekend, will have to shake off some Memphis rust. He has not raced at the Tennessee short track since 2003, but does have strong finishes there. Wimmer won at Memphis in 2002 and notched three consecutive top 10s from 2001-03.

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