Edwards Comes Up Just Short

Carl Edwards came within 0.010-seconds of his first win of the season Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Joe Gibbs Racing driver was edged by Kevin Harvick in an overtime finish and was forced to settle for second in the season’s second photo finish.

“I should’ve wrecked him,” laughed Edwards. “No, those guys were doing a great job all day. They hung on with those tires but we were faster so I thought, ‘Man, I’ll just move him out of the way and get by.’ I just didn’t move him far enough and then he got up the door and I thought I was trying to time -- I thought ‘I think he’s going to beat me.’ So, I tried to sideswipe him before he got there but I needed to be in front of his front tire. Anyway, just a fun race.”

Edwards was in position to run down Harvick at the end when he came to pit road for four fresh tires before the race went into the overtime finish. Harvick elected to stay out and Edwards nearly had enough to run him down.

“Well, we were faster, we had tires,” he explained. “Dave Rogers (crew chief) made a great call. I got down there and I was going to go around the top and he (Kevin Harvick) moved up so I went to the bottom and I thought, ‘I’m going to move him out of the way,’ but I didn’t want to wreck him.

“Those guys earned their spot. And, I moved him and it just was a drag race and we just lost it. It was just an awesome race. We had an opportunity to win it. Before that final caution we didn’t have an opportunity. That’s going to be a tough one to swallow but it was a lot of fun.”

Edwards did score his third top-five finish in the season’s first four races but was still disappointed he didn’t come away with a win on Sunday.

“I wanted to win that thing but you win some and you lose some,” Edwards said. “It was a good race.”

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