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Edwards-Busch feud still simmering Earlier incidents part of controversy

One breath Carl Edwards says there's no rivalry between him and Kyle Busch, next one he's insinuating payback is still coming for their wreck at Phoenix.

No matter Edwards says, it seems this little dustup isn't quite over.

"The deal is, I am just going to race how I need to race," Edwards said. "It's nothing personal. That deal in Phoenix cost me 28 points, at least in my opinion. So, the least he can give up is one spot."

The incident at Phoenix on Feb. 27 came early in the race, when Busch drove up the track and sent Edwards into the wall.

Edwards was the polesitter and believed he had a car that could win the race, but was never in contention after the contact, finishing 28th. He was alternately angry and accepting of Busch's apology after the race before the two seemed to work out their differences the following week at Las Vegas.

The flap flapped up again two weeks later at Bristol, where Edwards got close to Busch with about 30 laps left, but chose not to get into him. Busch went on to win the race and Edwards finished second, again bringing up the owe-him-one sentiment.

So, of course, as the two drivers got ready for today's 400-mile race at Auto Club Speedway (3 p.m., Ch. 29, Radio 1340 AM), their just-won't-go-away discord was a big topic of discussion.

Edwards said he looked back at the Bristol race and felt as if he made the right decision to stay out of Busch's bumper because it wasn't late enough in the race and he didn't have a car that could keep up with the No. 18.

Even so, the idea crossed his mind.

"If I could have got to him with one or two laps to go, then maybe I could have made something happen," Edwards said.

Busch, as is often the case, took the shoulder-shrugging route, more concerned about what he needs to do than worrying about Edwards.

"If Carl wants to continue saying he owes me one, whatever, I don't care," Busch said. "I'm racing my race and how I should be racing and racing all my competitors, and not worried about all that stuff."

Saturday at Fontana, Busch used pit strategy to take a late lead and held off Edwards and Kevin Harvick to win his third straight Nationwide Series race.

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>Power on St. Pete pole

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Will Power is on the pole for IndyCar's season opener today (12:30 p.m., Ch. 7).

Power claimed his second consecutive pole at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, edging two-time reigning series champion Dario Franchitti in the Fast Six competition Saturday.

Danica Patrick, returning to IndyCar after a four-race stint in NASCAR's Nationwide Series, will start 19th.

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