"When we put on two tyres at the end we went backwards because we hadn't put on two tires to that point and it was extremely loose. The pit stops were great and I thought the strategy was great, but we just missed something in the setup." said Edwards, who is now dangerously adrift of making the post-season Chase play-off for the title. "It's really frustrating because, obviously, we needed a good run here today for the points, but we'll keep fighting and make something happen."
The top ten in the points are pulling away from the rest, with 46pts - a full race win - now separating Brad Keselowski in tenth place from Carl Edwards 11th with only seven races remaining until the Chase cut-off. The only other way into the Chase is through one of the two "most wins" wild cards, currently taken up by Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch.
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