Edwards Captures Third Win of the Nationwide Season at the Monster Mile
Dover, DE (May 14, 2011) – Carl Edwards wins after two green-white-checkered attempts and a thrilling last lap wreck. Edwards dominated the 5-Hour Energy 200 by leading 87 laps of the 209 lap race.
Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Fastenal Ford set blistering laps during practice on Friday. Rain moved into Dover on Saturday morning and washed out Nationwide qualifying. The new NASCAR Nationwide qualifying rules put Edwards on the pole for the 5 – Hour Energy 200 with teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on the outside of the front row.
Near the beginning of the race, Edwards communicated to his team that his Ford Mustang was slightly tight in the center. NASCAR displayed a competition caution on lap 40. Edwards hit pit road and the team went to work. The No. 60 Fastenal team executed a flawless pit stop and allowed Edwards to win the race off pit road with their 13.3 second pit stop.
On lap 140, the caution flag was displayed after the No. 31 Chevrolet blew a tire. Crew chief Mike Beam called Edwards to pit road despite the light rain sprinkles and the rest of the field followed suit except the No. 7 car driven by Josh Wise. “The rain wasn’t on the radar but all of a sudden it started raining. We had to stop because with 40 laps on the tires it was something we needed to do in case it went back green,” said Beam. “That was definitely a challenge but luckily that worked out for us.”
After a 45 minute rain delay, the green flag was displayed once again with Edwards in the top position. Edwards and Logano battled neck and neck for the last 49 laps. Edwards was able to finalize the pass off turn two on lap 186.
After a multitude of late race cautions and two attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, Edwards took the checkered flag with the field wrecking behind him. “We rolled coming to the white side-by-side and Joey had a little advantage being on the outside and I was driving really hard, really hard, both of us were,” said Edwards. “I thought I touched him but I saw the replay and it looked like he got loose and smacked the fence and the bottom got out of it. We are very fortunate that nobody was hurt.”
The Nationwide Series returns to action next weekend for a stand-alone event at Iowa Speedway. The race is set for Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 p.m. EDT and will be televised live in ABC.