Solid Points Day for Edwards
Joliet, Ill (July 9, 2010) – During a night of long green flag runs that brought out very few cautions, Carl Edwards was able to keep his Fastenal machine running with the leaders for the majority of the 200-lap race. Edwards qualified fourth for the night race at Chicagoland Speedway, and when everything came to an end he finished in sixth-place. With the finish, Edwards gained 50 points on current point leader Brad Keselowski
“I really wanted to get our Fastenal Ford back into victory lane today,” Edwards said. “Brad (Keselowski) ran out of fuel at the end, so we’ll take those points. We’ve had a couple of bad races and I don’t know how many points we were able to pick up tonight because of that. But, that’s what we needed.”
At lap 52, the leaders started to make their first green-flag pit stops of the night. After staying out to lead one lap, on lap 59, Edwards brought the No. 60 down pit road where the crew quickly went to work. Making a track bar adjustment, adding four fresh tires and fuel Edwards rejoined the field in the seventh position.
The first yellow flag of the night flew at lap 70. Crew chief Drew Blickensderfer decided that Edwards should come back down pit road for two tires and a slight wedge adjustment. Edwards entered the pits running fifth and he would take the restart on lap 76 from the second position behind leader Brad Keselowski.
The next 50 laps would turn out to be calm, until lap 123 when Edwards radioed into Blickensderfer stating that he thought he had a wheel loose. On lap 125 he brought the Fastenal Ford down pit road about eight laps earlier than scheduled. The crew quickly changed out the tires, examining them for any errors. The crew only found deep wear on the right front. Edwards came back on track running in the 16th position.
The final pit stop came on lap 187 where the No. 60 team opted to stop for tires only. Edwards entered the pits in fourth and he would take the green flag for the final ten laps from the 10th position. With only four laps remaining the caution came out, setting the stage for another race decided by a green-white-checkered finish. On lap 201 Kyle Busch shot past the leaders to take over the top spot while simultaneously Brad Keselowski ran out of fuel relegating him to a 21st-place finish.
Kyle Busch went on to take the checkered flag while Edwards finished sixth. Fellow Roush Fenway Racing teammates finished 11th, 17th and 19th.
Next Saturday night, Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Aflac Ford will head to Edwards’ home track, Gateway International Raceway. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Saturday July 17 starting at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Summary: After 18 of 35 Races
Points: 2684 Wins: 1 Top 5: 9 Top 10: 14
Top Five - Race Summary
1. Kyle Busch
2. Joey Logano
3. Brian Scott
4. David Reutimann
5. Jason Leffler