Fuel Cost Edwards in the BUBBA Burger 250
Richmond, Va. (April 30, 2011) – Carl Edwards claimed his fourth Coors Light pole award of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide season with a blistering qualifying lap of 125.046 mph at Richmond International Raceway.
When the green flag waved on the BUBBA Burger 250, Edwards set sail and was running away from the field. Edwards in a dominating fashion led the first 42 laps of the race, before being passed by eventual race winner Denny Hamlin. During a long green- flag run, Edwards No. 60 Fastenal Mustang kept getting tighter as the run progressed.
On lap 56, Edwards communicated to the team that his Mustang was “super tight through out the corners”. Crew chief Mike Beam reassured Edwards that they would loosen up the car on the first stop.
With a caution free race so far, Edwards came down pit road on lap 101 for his first schedule pit stop. The crew went to work to help loosen up the car by taking a round of wedge out and giving Edwards four new sticker tires. After cycling through the green- flag stops, Edwards had fallen back to the 19th-position and one lap down.
Edwards fought his way back up to the 14th-position before the first caution flag waved on lap 124. Edwards hit pit road on lap 126 for another four tire stop and wedge adjustment.
The changes were just what Edwards needed as he started to pick off cars and move up to the eighth position by lap 200. Edwards lap times were identical to race leader Denny Hamlin. With only seven cars on the lead lap, Edwards was in position get the lucky dog but he needed a caution to get his lap back.
In an unlucky turn of events, Edwards came over the radio stating he was out of gas and was hitting pit road. Edwards tried to keep his speed up so he would have enough momentum to get back to pit road, but was speeding as he crossed the pit road commitment line. NASCAR called Edwards back down pit road for a pass thru penalty.
With this misfortune happening so late in the race, Edwards was unable to regain many positions. Edwards crossed the finish line in the 25th-position.
“We had the fastest race car on the race track. We were too tight the first run after a long run and then we fought back really hard and I was really proud of everybody.” said Edwards. “We got in the lucky dog position and then we ran out of gas. We messed that up, but that is racing. We didn’t give up and we didn’t quit. We had a race car that could have won if circumstances would have been a little different and that is the hard part.”
Next up for Carl and the No. 60 team is the Royal Purple 200, May 6 at Darlington (Darlington, SC) Raceway. The race is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time and will air live on ESPN2 and Motor Racing Network.