Earnhardt, Edwards finish second, third, but can they catch Johnson?

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Posted: Oct. 20, 2008
 

Great seats are still available—but won't last—for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here. 

While Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag this weekend in Martinsville, right on his heels were Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second place), Carl Edwards (third) and Jeff Gordon (fourth). In the Chase standings, it’s Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton and Edwards chasing down Johnson in his quest for a three-peat. With just three races remaining before the Nov. 16th Ford Championship Weekend finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, don’t count anyone out just yet.
 
“For us, this is almost a win,” Edwards told reporters after his runner-up finish at Martinsville. “We’ve never run this well here, so that was good for us. It’s just Jimmie is doing an unbelievable job. We obviously had some misfortune last week that really made this race important. I felt like we could come here and if we ran like we did today, that it keeps our hopes alive and if we didn’t, it would really put us in a hole, so it’s a great day for us.”

Biffle, who moved up to the No. 2 spot in points, refused to hand the title to Johnson just yet
 
“No, I don’t think so,” Biffle said. “We’re gonna come and get them. We’ve got four more chances and we’re going to some of our best places, so they better be on their ‘A game.’ I know they have been so far, but we’re gonna bring the heat to Atlanta and all the rest of the places and see what we can do.”
 
Earnhardt, who ran a close race, was pleased to protect his second-place finish.
 
“I didn’t have a good enough drive up off the corner to catch Jimmie,” said Earnhardt, who gained one position to ninth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. “They had such an excellent racecar. I did the best I could to protect my position.”
 
With several contenders still left, it’s apparent that no driver is going to hand the title over to Johnson just yet.  
 
Great seats are still available—but won't last—for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here.

 

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