Edwards Finishes Third in Dover
DOVER, Del. (September 26, 2010) – The Monster Mile provided new crew chief Mike Beam an chance to work with Carl Edwards on one of his best tracks. Beam had a very good debut with Edwards running in the top-three the majority of the race on the one-mile concrete oval. It was hot, humid smoldering day in Delaware. Edwards Ford was very fast and competitive throughout the race. Edwards recovered from a slow pit stop in the late stage of the race, but was able pull off a 3rd place finish after falling back to 8th. Edwards captured his 15th top-5 of the season and gained 53 points on the Nationwide Series Points leader Brad Keselowski.
Edwards started the race from the 3rd position. The Copart Ford Fusion was fast during the practice session which poised Edwards for a very promising afternoon. Edwards hovered around the top-three for the first 70 laps before the first of four caution flags flew. He had advised crew chief Mike Beam that his Ford Fusion was snug in the center. They pitted from the 2nd position for right rear wedge and air adjustments. The Copart team had a 13.8 second stop, but lost one spot when Edwards resumed racing on lap 75.
Edwards moved into second by lap 83 and maintained it until the second caution on lap 113 when he pitted to adjust another too tight condition. The crew adjusted right side wedge and air again. This time the team maintained their second place spot and resumed racing on lap 116.
Edwards ran in the second position for the next 19 laps until the No 27 car t-boned the No. 88 car causing lots of debris scattered all over the track, which eventually brought out the red flag stopping all action for several minutes. The race went yellow and most of the field pitted for the last time. Edwards pitted from the second position, but dropped back to 8th causing a dramatic fight to get back up to the front.
It didn’t take Edwards long to forge his way back into the top-five by lap 148 and then capturing the third spot by lap 156. Time was running out even though Edwards was putting down some of the fastest laps on the track over several of the last laps.
The last caution flag flew on lap 161 and Edwards and most of the field stayed out. The green flag dropped on lap 163 and Edwards never gave up, and was able to maintain third and claim his 15th top-5 of the 2010 season.
“Our Copart.com Ford was very strong, car was good and it had a lot of speed,” stated Edwards. “That’s what we were lacking the last time we were here. We just didn’t have a fast car. I thought it was a good job by everyone back at the shop and a good first outing for our new crew chief Mike Beam on the pit box. Mike and Drew (Blickensderfer) worked really well together and made it a pretty seamless transition. We had a bad pit stop, but at the end I don’t think that would have changed the outcome of the race. I’m really proud of my guys and I’m looking forward to Kansas next week.”
The No. 60 Copart team had a very fast Ford on the Monster Mile and finished a very solid third place finish. Edwards and the No. 60 team head to Kansas City for one of his favorite tracks near his hometown of Columbia, Missouri. They had a good points day and gained 53 points on Nationwide Series points leader, Brad Keselowski.