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Edwards took best shot, but NASCAR's vagaries let Johnson get up

Carl Edwards spent the entire race Sunday trying to land a haymaker on Jimmie Johnson's chin. Edwards did his part with a win, but the vagaries of the Chase let JJ up off the canvas, writes Ed Hinton.

Updated: November 3, 2008, 8:24 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Carl Edwards threw haymakers at Jimmie Johnson throughout most of Sunday's Dickies 500, trying to pulverize Johnson's lead in the Chase.

But NASCAR's playoff system has an unfixable flaw, and that helped soften the blow of Edwards' second straight win and eighth of the season.

He had to settle for a TKO on a fuel-mileage gamble, and a decent but not devastating cut into Johnson's lead after Johnson nursed a fitfully handling car home ...

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