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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Hefty Odor Block 200 at Phoenix

*In a Nutshell:* Carl Edwards talked all week about how his No. 60 team had to be perfect the next two weekends if they had any shot of scoring a second consecutive Nationwide title. And while there were minor hiccups, the No. 60 group did everything they could, leading the most laps and dominating the second half of Saturday’s event to score Edwards his sixth win of the season. The defending champ was facing heavy competition early on from Kevin Harvick and from the No. 18 of JGR, this week driven by Denny Hamlin. Hamlin, who got within a car length of Edwards on the final lap, won the pole and led 62 laps, but never could recover from a botched pit stop that saw his crew mix sticker and scuffed tires during a tire change. Kyle Busch also faded late, suffering from brake troubles for the second portion of the race.

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That’s History Profiles: Derrike Cope

The 1990 Daytona 500 holds the legend to one of the most memorable events in the history of The Great American Race. Not so much because of who won it, but because of who lost the race entering the 3rd turn on the last lap. Dale Earnhardt seemed destined to finally win the race that had eluded him through his entire career after dominating the event, leading 155 of 200 laps. However, a broken piece of transmission bellhousing from Ricky Rudd's #5 Levi-Garret Chevrolet ended that notion. Earnhardt ran over the debris entering turn 3 at about 195mph, and cut down a right rear tire. The black #3 GM Goodwrench Lumina wobbled up the racetrack and slowed, clearing the way for relative unknown Derrike Cope from Spanaway, WA to capture his first career victory in NASCAR's biggest race.

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