Edwards Leads Roush Fenway Nationwide Effort at Bristol
Bristol, Tenn. (March 19, 2011) – Carl Edwards paced the Roush Fenway effort at Bristol in the Nationwide Series in Saturday’s Scotts EZ Seed 300 with a seventh-place finish in the Scotts EZ Seed Ford Mustang.
“We salvaged something there,” said Edwards. “The No. 22 car had a flat tire and stopped on the race track to get the yellow flag and that ruined the whole deal for everybody who had pitted already (catching them a lap down). We’ll go race tomorrow. I learned a lot today, so tomorrow is going be good.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the pole and led 28 laps, but a costly penalty for lining up incorrectly on a restart dropped the No. 6 Blackwell Angus Ford to a 14th-place finish. Trevor Bayne qualified fourth and moved up to as high as second position early, but spun into the wall after getting into heavy fluid on the racetrack from another car. He finished 19th.
“Our Roush Yates Ford has a lot of power,” said Stenhouse after the race. “This Blackwell Angus Beef Mustang was really, really fast and I think we had a shot at (eventual winner) Kyle (Busch) there. I was just kind of running around and learning from him at the beginning of the race. Then we had to come back down for a pass through for starting in the wrong spot; it was a tough deal.”
Stenhouse’s pole was the second of his career and the 16th NASCAR pole for Roush Fenway at Bristol. Roush Fenway also captured the pole on Friday for Sunday’s Sprint Cup race at the .533-mile track.
Roush Fenway and the Nationwide Series will return to action next weekend at California Speedway where Roush Fenway has won six times in the Nationwide Series.