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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Shortly after finishing second, Carl Edwards was looking ahead.

“I’m just ready to go to California,’’ Edwards said.

This week, the series heads to California’s Auto Club Speedway, a 2-mile track where horsepower and aerodynamics are key — two areas Roush Fenway Racing showed its strength in earlier this month at Las Vegas where Edwards won.

Coming off his best Bristol finish since 2008, Edwards is building momentum.

“It’s no fun to run second, but when I look at the big picture, the fact that I’m sitting here frustrated about a second-place run, being ... one point out of the points lead, that’s a huge jump from a year ago,’’ Edwards said.

NOT PLEASED: Jeff Gordon, who finished 14th, wasn’t happy with Brad Keselowski for an incident during the race.

Keselowski, running off the lead lap at the time, got into the side of Gordon’s car as Gordon tried to pass.

“I’ll just tell Brad that the next time I’m three laps down, and he’s on the lead lap, just expect the same out of me,” Gordon said. Keselowski was 18th.

PIT STOPS: Paul Menard finished fifth, marking the third time in the first four races that Menard has been the top finishing driver for Richard Childress Racing. ... Kurt Busch finished seventh. The series points leader is the only driver to have finished in the top 10 in each of the first four races.

... Matt Kenseth’s fourth-place finish marked his fourth consecutive top-10 at Bristol. ... This is the first time since 2005 there have been different winners in each of the season’s first four races.

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