Edwards Finishes Fifth at Gateway
October 25, 2010MADISON, IL. (Oct. 23, 2010) – After spending Friday and Saturday practicing and qualifying his Sprint Cup Series car in Martinsville, Carl Edwards flew to Gateway International Raceway for NASCAR’s final race at the track. Fellow, Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Erik Darnell qualified the No. 60 Copart.com Ford 11th for the 200 lap event. Edwards ran as high as second position, however at lap 200 Brad Keselowski took the checkers and Edwards crossed the finish line in his Copart.com Ford, in fifth place.
“I drove as hard as I could today but our Copart.com Fusion just wasn’t as fast as the 22 and 12 today,” said Edwards. “I’ve got to thank the fans for coming out, it means the world to have this kind of support. Brad really drove his heart out and deserves this win.”
Starting from the back of the field with the driver change, Edwards quickly drove up through the field gaining position. By lap 50 he had broke into the top-10 and by the halfway point (lap-100) he was battling for the lead in the second position.
Throughout the day Edwards struggled only slightly with handling issues. During the four pit stops of the day, the Copart.com crew was lightning fast. Crew chief, Mike Beam called for only small wedge and air pressure adjustments and at lap 190 when the final caution came out, with 10 laps remaining Edwards was running third.
The decision was made for Edwards to come back down pit road for the final stop of the day to take four fresh tires. Edwards entered the pits running third and he exited pit road first with four tires while others only took two. On the restart he was scored fifth after a few teams opted to stay out.
The final restart occurred on lap 196, where Edwards fought hard to move back to the front but was unable to gain any positions and he ended up fifth. In his last seven starts at Gateway International Raceway, Edwards has only finished outside of the top-five once after finishing sixth in 2007.
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