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Edwards flips with win at Atlanta

March 19, 2005

 Hampton(AP) - Carl Edwards is trying to speed up his learning curve by racing in two grueling series at the same time.

So far, his busy schedule is working out just fine.

 Edwards won his first NASCAR Busch Series race today, holding off several Nextel Cup stars in the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

 Afterward, he came to a stop in front of the main grandstand, climbed out of his Ford and did one of his patented backflips onto the asphalt, delighting the crowd.

 Edwards says it was the biggest win of his career.

 Edwards, who spent most of 2004 in the truck series, moved up to Roush Racing's Nextel Cup team late in the season.

He showed plenty of promise with five top-five finishes in 13 races.

This year, the 25-year old Missouri native is running a full schedule in both Busch and Nextel Cup, accelerating his experience level in stock cars.

Clearly, he's not bothered by the hectic pace.

Edwards is fifth in the Nextel Cup standings, and today's victory pushed him to the lead in the Busch Series.

posted by roberth@walb.com