Edwards Finishes Third at Atlanta
September 7, 2010HAMPTON, Ga. (Sept. 4, 2010) – As night fell upon Atlanta Motor Speedway, 43 cars hit the track in a race that would produce long green flag runs with few cautions and several lead changes. Earlier in the day, Carl Edwards qualified the No. 60 Fastenal Ford fifth for the 195 lap event. Edwards was able to run out front for the entire night, never falling further back than the sixth position. In the end, Edwards finished third.
“The Fastenal Fusion was pretty good tonight,” said Edwards. “On that last restart, I needed a little more clean air, but I don’t know if I was as fast as those guys (88 team) at the end. My team did a great job tonight and I felt that was the best that we have been on a 1.5 mile track in a long time. For everyone at Ford, Fastenal and Copart, it felt good.”
Facing a glare from the sun during the first hour of the race, the early laps were a tough battle for position. In the first 20 laps Edwards was quickly able to move his way forward and run in the third position.
Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer and the No. 60 team made four routine pit stops throughout the night. Each time, changing tires and adding Sunoco fuel. Due to the long green flag runs, the car handled decently, setting the stage for only slight adjustments in the pits. On the second and third pit stops, the crew added a little tape to the front grill to help with down force and front grip and made only slight air pressure adjustments.
In the remaining laps, Jamie McMurray took the lead followed by Kyle Busch in second and Edwards in third. Edwards was able to slowly gain on Busch. However, Jamie McMurray powered away from the two and went onto to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Finishing third, Edwards gained slightly in series’ points standing over 12th-place finishing and series leader Brad Keselowski.
Next Friday night, the Nationwide Series returns to Richmond for the final time this season. In the spring race Edwards finished fifth after starting third. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Friday, September 10, starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.