Edwards Overcomes Early Race Setback
Sparta, Ky. (June 12, 2010) – After a morning of rain, Carl Edwards strapped into the FanHouse.com Ford for 300 miles of NASCAR Nationwide Series competition at Kentucky Speedway Saturday night. With the help of Erik Darnell driving the No. 60 in practice Friday, the team set up what would become a strong race car that kept Edwards running in the top five for the majority of the night. Starting from the 10th position and surviving 11 cautions throughout the night Edwards drove to a second place finish behind race winner Joey Logano.
“Joey Logano really deserved that win…I thought I had him on that bottom line but he was able to get back out in front of me,” Edwards said. “I’ve got to thank FanHouse.com and Ford, I’m excited to head back to Michigan and run the Sprint Cup race tomorrow (Sunday).”
By lap 16 Edwards came over the radio reporting that the car had become extremely loose. The No. 60 quickly fell back to 20th place during the next few laps. A few laps later the second caution of the night occurred providing the perfect opportunity for Edwards to come down pit road for Crew Chief, Drew Blickensderfer and crew to diagnose the problem. Quickly the team determined that the right rear tire was going soft. Edwards quickly exited the pits to restart in the 32 position.
After his setback early in the race, Edwards was able to ground on the rest of the field and by lap 88 he had moved into eighth place continuing to push forward.
At the halfway point of the race (lap 100) Edwards radioed in saying that the car was a little free into the corners and really good off. When the fourth yellow flag of the night flew Edwards brought the No. 60 back down pit road and the team went to work making a slight air pressure adjustment along with four fresh tires and fuel. Edwards exited the pits and took the restart on lap 121 from the fifth position.
On lap 133 a caution came out for debris on the track. With a weather system approaching, Blickensderfer worked some strategy and opted for a fuel only stop. After topping of with fuel, Edwards was scored in the fourth position. With rain only a few miles away from the track Edwards was running some of the fastest laps of the field.
With only 20 laps remaining Joey Logano had just a half second lead over Edwards. On lap 193 Edwards was able to make a strong run on Logano low between turns three and four but was unable to complete the pass. Unfortunately laps ran out for Edwards as he finished second, giving him seven top five finishes this season. After his solid run in Kentucky Edwards moved up one spot in Nationwide Series points to second place.
Next Saturday Edwards and the No. 60 Fastenal team will take on the first road course of the season as the NASCAR Nationwide Series visits Road America. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Saturday June 19 starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.