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Edwards did what he could down the stretch, and that will help in the future

Carl Edwards did what he could at Homestead on Sunday, winning the race and leading the most laps. He may have come up short for the Sprint Cup title, but Edwards' late-season surge will pay off down the road, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 17, 2008, 10:52 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- If NASCAR had a five-race Chase, Carl Edwards would have won the championship by a landslide.

Edwards coasted home on fumes, winning Sunday for the third time in the last four races. He led the most laps in the Ford 400. Crew chief Bob Osborne made the right calls at the end to get every drop of gas out of the No. 99 Fusion.

They did everything right down the stretch. It wasn't enough.

Edwards fell 69 points shy of the Sprint Cup title, ...

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