Edwards Finishes 13th in Charlotte
October 18, 2010c
“Tonight was just frustrating, we are a much better team then that, to finish 13th here at Charlotte,” said Edwards. “We have to figure out what we are missing and really work on it. We’ve got a good group back at the shop, so I know that we’ll get it.”
Knowing that Edwards was struggling with the handling of his car early on, crew chief Mike Beam called for the crew to make a track bar adjustment when they would make their first pit stop of the night. Early in the race Edwards collected a small piece of debris on the grill of his Copart Ford, causing his water temperature to rise. On lap 55 Edwards came down pit road where the team made the track-bar adjustment, put of four fresh tires and were able to quickly clean off the grill.
Unfortunately, upon exiting the pit stall, the No. 60 stalled. The crew jumped into action pushing the car out until it was back under its own power. Edwards would restart 29th.
Over the next 75 laps, Edwards would continue to struggle with handling. However, he was able to continue to gain position and by just over the halfway point of the race, he was running fifth.
After three more pit stops with the Copart.com crew making a combination of air pressure, track bar and wedge adjustments Edwards came over the radio stating that the car was beginning to handle better.
The final pit stop of the night came under caution on lap 183. Edwards entered running in seventh position. After putting on four fresh tires and making another track bar adjustment he would exit to take the restart from the 12th position. At lap 187 the final caution of the night came out, setting the stage for an eight lap shootout. Unfortunately, Edwards was not able to continue moving forward and ended up being Roush Fenway Racing’s highest finisher of the night. Edwards continues to sit second in Nationwide Series point standings.
Next week, the NASCAR Nationwide Series will race for the final time at Gateway International Raceway. Carl Edwards is the defending race winner from the spring. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Saturday, October 23.