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PHOTO GALLERY: Edwards' victory boosts championship potential

Sunday, March 6, 2011 | 6:35 p.m. CST; updated 7:54 p.m. CST, Sunday, March 6, 2011
Carl Edwards does a backflip off the side of his car. It's the first flip he's done since his win in the Ford 400, which ended the 2010 season.

For Carl Edwards, Sunday's victory was his second victory at Las Vegas and the 19th of his career. He closed last season with wins in the final two races and has proved to be a strong championship contender again this year. He's now third in the standings, and trails Stewart and Kurt Busch by only seven points.

 

Carl Edwards drives during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday in Las Vegas. Edwards won the race and led 67 laps.
Carl Edwards makes a pit stop during the Kolbalt Tools 400 on Sunday in Las Vegas. Edwards won because Tony Stewart struggled late in the race during a pit stop.
Carl Edwards jogs back to his car with the checkered flag after winning his first Sprint Cup Series race of the season. Edwards was unable to continue his recent trend of celebrating with fans in the stands.
Carl Edwards stands on his car at the start-finish line after winning the Kolbalt Tools 400 on Sunday in Las Vegas. Edwards has won three of the last five NASCAR races.
Carl Edwards celebrates his victory, his first of the season and his first win in Las Vegas since 2008.
Carl Edwards signs autographs for fans Saturday before practicing for the NASCAR Sprint Series Kobalt 400 race in Las Vegas.
Carl Edwards signals while driving around turn 4 during Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race in Las Vegas. Edwards celebrated his victory with a backflip off his No. 99 car.

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