Last Lap Misfortune Bites Edwards at Talladega
TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 16, 2011) - When the final lap of the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway began, Carl Edwards was running second with a chance to win. One lap and a multiple car accident later he was credited with a 17th-place finish.
Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing teammate Trevor Bayne worked in tandem for much of the race, staying in contention and putting themselves in position to win the race as the event entered its closing laps. Bayne held the lead on the final lap with Edwards pushing his teammate with all his might.
As the lead pack jockeyed for position down the backstretch, cars fanned out three-wide with Bayne and Edwards on the outside. Mike Wallace and Elliott Sadler made contact which sent Wallace’s car sideways and soon became airborne, and tumbling down the backstretch. The momentary loss of momentum stacked up cars behind Edwards, who received a tap from Dale Earnhardt Jr., sending the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Mustang for a long spin down the backstretch.
Edwards got a lucky break early in the race. After completing a two tire pit stop under caution on lap 28, Edwards radioed crew chief Mike Beam that he felt a vibration. Beam quickly called Edwards to the pit lane for a four-tire change, shuffling Edwards back to 28th-place. But by lap 48 he was up to eighth position and hooked back up with Bayne, staying together until the final lap.
Next up for Carl and the No. 60 team is the Nashville 300 April 23 at Nashville (Lebanon, Tenn.) Superspeedway. The race is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. Eastern time and will air live on ESPN and Motor Racing Network.