Edwards Finishes Second at Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, Calif. (March 27, 2011) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Ford “Drive One” Mustang team were very strong right off the hauler. They captured the number one spot for practice and then followed it up by winning the pole. Edwards had to settle for another second place finish to Kyle Busch after a very dominating run on the two-mile track in southern California. This was a very strong race by Edwards and the Ford “Drive One” team. Both driver and team are very focused going into Texas with a goal to put the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang into victory lane.
Edwards was dominating throughout the race and led 48 laps. The race provided some of the best racing of the year. There were times that Edwards, Busch and Kevin Harvick were running side-by-side and swapping the lead. There were only five cautions during the race. The crew did a great job on setup and only made a couple minor adjustments on pit stops to keep Edwards in the hunt.
The final laps were intense and the battle for the win was decided by a strategy call with less than 20 laps to go. Edwards and Harvick had a very exciting race for the lead going and both teams decided to take four tires on the final stop. This gave Kyle Busch a chance to see their hands and he took only two tires, enabling him to maintain the lead and win the 150 lap race in Fontana.
“That 18 car was fast. He did a good job. We just didn’t win the race. Gosh we were in a fast race car though and man was it fun to drive. We had a really fast Ford Mustang and we were competitive with everyone all day. Those guys took two tires and that was the right call. We could not catch them. I didn’t think about taking two tires. Mike Beam did a good job. We made the calls we needed to make to be the best we could be. It just didn’t work out,” commented Edwards.
Next week, the NASCAR Nationwide series has a week off, but the No. 60 Fastenal team will be back in full force in Texas on a 1.5-mile track on April 8th for their first night race there. Fastenal will return as the primary sponsor for this event. Edwards and the No. 60 team have been very close to a win this year and are very focused on getting to Victory Lane.