Edwards Has Rough Day at Darlington
Darlington, SC (May 8, 2011) – Under a crescent moon, the “Lady in Black” hosted the Royal Purple 200 race on the 1.36 mile track dubbed “too tough to tame” in Darlington, SC. This race weekend began with qualifying being rained out for the Nationwide Series, so the field was set by the rule book. Edwards started the race from the third position in his No. 60 Ford “Drive One” Mustang and when the checkers flew he had forged his way into first place by lap 2.
The first caution flag flew on lap 25 for a NASCAR competition yellow and Edwards had dropped back to 3rd. He pitted for four tires and a trackbar adjustment. Racing resumed on lap 31 and immediately went yellow for a second caution on lap 45. Crew Chief Mike Beam advised Edwards to stay out. The race went green on lap 51 and Edwards shot his way to first on lap 54 passing Kyle Busch.
On Lap 61 Kasey Kahne passed Edwards for the lead and on lap 64 Busch passed Edwards sending him back to third.
On lap 95 there was a big crash on the backstretch. Brad Keselowski, Aric Almirola, Brian Scott, Mike Bliss, Carl Edwards, Ryan Truex and Kasey Kahne were involved. Edwards suffered extensive damage to the right side of his Mustang. Green flag racing resumed on lap 104. Edwards was a lap down.
With just over 20 laps to go Edwards had raced his way back into the top 10. While he was charging his way toward the front his right front tire went down and Edwards slapped the wall again on lap 138, but there was no caution. He finished the race in 20th and was three laps down.
“We had a really fast race car, but they were all wrecking out,” stated Edwards. “I thought I had the wreck missed and I just got caught in the right-rear. I tried my hardest to miss that, but there was nothing I could do. We got lucky it wasn’t torn up worse, and I thought we were still gonna end up with a top 10, but there was just nothing I could do about it. I blew the right-front or something and hit the fence again, but the guys did a good job.”
Edwards and the No. 60 Team are headed to the “Monster Mile” in Dover, DE next week sporting the Fastenal colors. Edwards has had a lot of success on the one-mile concrete oval.