The Chase isn't over yet. Carl Edwards made sure of that, with an impressive and risky run at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon.
Edwards took the checkered flag after making a big gamble by avoiding a late pit stop for fuel, which paid off as he cut into Jimmie Johnson's commanding points lead.
"The Fusion fuel mileage is great," said Edwards, who didn't refuel the final 69 laps. "But I was just so nervous that they were missing something because you can't go this slow and save this much fuel and still lead the race.
"Of all ways to win the race, fuel mileage isn't the most exciting one. Still, it's real cool to win this thing."
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Edwards' crew chief Bob Osborne said he felt "pretty comfortable" after calculating the line lengths that the fuel would last long enough. Still, if Edwards wasn't trailing in the overall point standings, Osborne said they would not have risked it down the stretch.
Following Edwards' victory on Sunday, though, Johnson's lead dwindled considerably. Johnson finished 15th, which means Edwards gained 77 points in his favor. Edwards now trails Johnson by 106 points.
"Definitely not the performance we were looking for," Johnson said. "We just never had a chance to get a lap back."
It's Edwards' third Sprint Cup Series win at TMS, as he visited Victory Lane this past April and in the fall of 2005. Edwards, 29, has now won eight races this year and 15 in his career.
Pole sitter Jeff Gordon, who has not won a race this season, finished second. If Gordon would've won, Hale Hughes from Woodville would have won $1 million.
"I was pretty optimistic when the green flag dropped," Gordon said. "We maintained to stay in top 5, but, typical Texas for us, we started losing a handle on it when the sun went down."
Jamie McMurray, who was leading late before making a pit stop with 12 laps to go, finished third.
"It's hard to save 12 laps of fuel," said McMurray, who has six top-10 finishes at TMS. "I didn't think anyone would be able to make it. We just didn't have the choice not to."
And, for what it's worth, it proved to be a Texas Trifecta this weekend. Every winner this past spring also won this weekend. On Friday, Ron Hornaday Jr. won the Craftsman Truck Series race. On Saturday, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series race. Edwards capped it off with Sunday's win.