Edwards Wins at Texas
November 7, 2010Fort Worth, Texas (Nov. 6, 2010) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Copart.com/Fastenal Ford ran up front for the majority of the day at the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway. Qualifying third for the 200-lap event, Edwards never fell further back in the field than fourth. Leading 59 laps, Edwards went on to earn his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win at Texas Motor Speedway. This victory is Edwards’ 28th career NASCAR Nationwide Series win.
“Today is a very special day, it feels great to win here for Copart.com,” Edwards said. “Our car ran perfectly today. At the end I just got the best restart that I could and ended up winning the race. I’m really proud of my guys on this team working to achieve this special win.”
Coming back from the final Nationwide Series off weekend, the Copart.com crew unloaded the same car that Edwards ran earlier this season at Las Vegas, Texas, Darlington, Nashville and Chicago. Working hard to run strong during Friday’s two practice sessions, the entire team prepared the car perfectly to help Edwards become the fastest car on the track during today’s race.
Starting the race behind James Buescher and Kevin Harvick, Edwards gained ground quickly after the first pit stop on lap 45 where the team made a track bar adjustment and put on four fresh tires. Edwards exited the pits first to take the restart. Fighting a slightly loose car during the afternoon, crew chief Mike Beam opted for a sequence of small adjustments to the car. Edwards brought his Copart.com Ford down pit road three more times, throughout the afternoon, where the crew made a total of two wedge adjustments and one additional track bar adjustment along with the scheduled sequence of tire changes. Keeping with the team’s consistently fast pit stops this year, they routinely beat the competition off of pit road to gain and keep position.
On lap 197 the final caution flag came out setting the stage for a green-white-checkered finish. Edwards opted to restart on the inside lane with Kyle Busch on the outside. As soon as the green flag dropped for the final time, Edwards broke away from Busch gaining several car lengths on him. When the checkered flag flew Edwards came across the line first. This victory was a momentous occasion for Edwards, helping him to reach two milestones; his first victory in the Nationwide Series at Texas and his 50th career NASCAR victory.
Next Saturday, Edwards and the No. 60 Copart.com team will head to Phoenix where Edwards is the reigning winner of last year’s fall race at Phoenix International Raceway. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Saturday November 13 starting at 4:00 p.m. ET.