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Edwards Finishes Ninth in Charlotte

Edwards Finishes Ninth in Charlotte

May 31, 2010

Concord, N.C.. (May 29, 2010) – Carl Edwards earned his second NASCAR
Nationwide Series pole for 2010 this afternoon at Charlotte Motor
Speedway. Today’s pole made for Edward’s 20th Nationwide Series pole in
188 Nationwide starts. The No. 60 Fastenal Ford Fusion team was very
motivated and the scene was set for an exciting event for Edwards and
the No. 60 crew in Charlotte. In a race that was flagged seven times for
caution, Edwards managed to keep his car clean and take it to a top-10
finish. Edwards finished ninth as Kyle Busch took the checkers and went
on to win his 35th Nationwide Series win of his career.

“Today was not the finish that we wanted, I wanted to run better for
Fastenal, Edwards said. At the end, we just got a little shuffled around
on those restarts and finished ninth. We’ll just go on to Nashville and
hopefully pick up our first win of the season.”

After two cautions early on Edwards advised his crew on lap 13 that his
Ford Fusion was too free on exit.  On lap 56, Edwards came into the pits
for his first stop of the day. Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer advised
the crew on upcoming changes that they would make to the No 60. Edwards
navigated his Ford down pit road, stopping in the stall the Fastenal
team went to work adding air pressure to the right front, making a track
bar adjustment, adding fuel and putting on four fresh tires. By lap 65
Edwards was running in the eighth position.

On lap 103 the caution flag flew once again, where Edwards brought his
Fastenal machine back down pit road from where he was running ninth. The
team made another track bar adjustment and pulled one left rear spring
rubber. Edwards exited the pits and took the restart running in eighth
position. Just after a few laps, Edwards radioed in saying that the car
really loose.    

The fourth caution flag of the day flew on lap 138. By lap 139 the
leaders, including Edwards dropped onto pit road where the No. 60 crew
jumped into action making an air pressure adjustment on the left front
and going 11/2 rounds up on the track bar. Edwards exited pit road in
the seventh position. The final stop of the day came on lap 189 where
Blickensderfer called for four fresh tires and a splash of fuel. Edwards
took the restart running ninth.

In the last ten laps of the race the field experienced two yellow flags.
Both of which Edwards got shuffled around and at one point was back to
12th position. On lap 202 Edwards took the last restart of the
afternoon. Edwards ultimately drove the No. 60 Fastenal Ford to a ninth
place finish. He was able to keep his fourth place standing in series’
points.

Next week Edwards and the No. 60 team will head back to Nashville
Superspeedway. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Saturday June 5 starting
at 7:30 p.m. ET.


Season Summary After 12 of 35 Races
Points: 1689  Wins: 0     Top 5: 5         Top 10: 9

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