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Edwards wins at Atlanta, but Johnson pads points lead with runner-up finish

Updated: October 27, 2008, 12:44 AM ET
Associated Press

HAMPTON, Ga. -- Carl Edwards did his seventh celebratory backflip and headed to Victory Lane confident he'd closed in on Jimmie Johnson's bumper in the race for the Sprint Cup title.

As the champagne flowed, his spirits were dashed.

Even with his win Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Edwards didn't dent Johnson's lead in the championship standings.

With a masterful final drive to the checkered flag, the two-time defending champion rallied from a rare penalty to finish second ...

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