Edwards Finishes Season Strong
Homestead, Fla. (Nov. 20, 2010) - Starting from the eighth position, Edwards quickly became one of the fastest cars on the track within the first 20 laps of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season finale Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Only a few laps later, Edwards would be involved in a multi-car accident which eventually sent him to the back of the field. Once the Copart.com No. 60 team completely repaired the damage, Edwards drove back into the top-10 and eventually finished sixth in the season ending race.
On lap 30 Edwards and the No. 60 Ford were involved in crash on the backstretch with Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola. Crew chief Mike Beam quickly started to formulate the repair strategy. He called his driver down pit road several times and the team quickly repaired damage to the right side of the car. Throughout repairs, Edwards remained on the lead lap.
Struggling with a slightly loose handling race car on lap 59, Edwards brought his car down pit road again for a track bar adjustment. By lap 91, Edwards was running 16th where he came into the pits once again with the team adding four fresh tires, and adding one round of wedge into the left rear. He took the restart from the ninth position.
By lap 105, Edwards was running back in the top-five. Three laps later passed Martin Truex, Jr. for third place where he then made attempts to battle for second over the next several laps.
On lap 135, the leaders came down pit road where the No. 60 crew quickly made a four tire change along with air pressure adjustments. After an amazingly quick stop, Edwards exited pit road second. Unfortunately, over the next few laps Edwards experienced a loose handling race car setting him back several positions. By lap 148, he was running 15th.
After the final pit stop of the night, Edwards was back in the top-10 along with teammates Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Paul Menard. On lap 200 Kyle Busch was the first to take the checkers and Edwards was scored with a sixth place finish. Roush Fenway Racing teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. went onto win the 2010 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year honors.
"We had a really good car," Edwards said. We got t-boned there off of two where a guy lost it and hit us in the right rear. It is just the way it goes sometimes. That car was super fast tonight though; it is a shame how fast it was for that to happen. It was an awesome night for Ricky (Stenhouse) and for us to finish fourth, fifth, sixth is not a bad night at all."
Fastenal will kick off the 2011 season at Daytona International Speedway on February 19th with Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang.