Edwards Back in Form at Richmond
Richmond, Va. (April 30, 2010) – After two weeks of rain and bad luck, Carl Edwards posted a fifth place finish for the No. 60 Fastenal team Friday night at Richmond International Raceway. Starting the race in the third position, Edwards battled in the top-ten the entire night. On the last two laps Edwards was black flagged by NASCAR for going three wide for the win. Edwards gave the position back to race winner Brad Keselowski allowing NASCAR to revoke the black flag. After the night’s top five finish, Edwards remains fifth in Nationwide Series’ points.
“Our Fastenal Fusion was good tonight, we just needed one more chance at the end,” said Edwards. “Congratulations to Brad and those guys, they have been on a roll. We’ve been getting better…all we have to do is just keep on working and never give up. With 26 races left I’m just hoping and praying that we can get better and go out and win some.”
Starting from the second row Edwards ran in the lead pack all night long at Richmond International Raceway. By lap 20 the field had already experienced their first two cautions of the night. After rear end grease and debris was deposited throughout the track, it took a while to get back under racing conditions. On lap 34 the field would finally take the green flag for the first long run of the night. Edwards and crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer communicated through out these early laps, with Edwards stating that the car was slightly free in and out of the corners and tight in the center.
On lap 98 with Edwards running in the fifth position, leader Brad Keselowski brought the field down pit road for the night’s first round of stops. The No. 60 crew put on four fresh tires, added fuel, and made a right rear air pressure adjustment along with a track bar adjustment.
Edwards gained one spot after his stop to the fourth position.
Caution flag number five flew at lap 120 after Michael McDowell experienced a mechanical problem. Just at the halfway point in the race on lap 125, the field took the green flag. During this second half, Edwards said the car was better but it was still slightly free into the corners and tight in the center. On lap 188, Blickensderfer made the call for the crew to perform the same adjustments as earlier along with four fresh tires and fuel. Edwards would exit the pits running in the fourth position.
On lap 244, fellow Roush Fenway Racing teammate Paul Menard experienced a blown tire causing the seventh caution of the night. Blickensderfer made the call for Edwards to come down pit road for only four fresh tires. The Fastenal crew had a 12 second pit stop. Edwards would restart in the sixth position where the field lined up for a green-white-checkered finish and Edwards would finish fifth.
The Nationwide series will turn up the heat again on Friday night at Darlington Raceway on May 7. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Season Summary After 9 of 35 Races
Points: 1266 Wins: 0 Top 5: 5 Top 10: 7
Top Five - Race Summary
1. Brad Keselowski
2. Greg Biffle
3. Jamie McMurray
4. Kyle Busch
5. Carl Edwards
Royal Purple 200 presented by O'Reilly Auto Parts Darlington Raceway (1.36 Mile Oval) Darlington, SC Friday, May 7, 2010