Top 5 Finish for Edwards at Bristol
Bristol, Tenn. (August 20, 2010) – Carl Edwards hit two career milestones running under the lights Friday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Edwards achieved his 200th career NASCAR Nationwide Series start and after finishing in fifth place for the night, he achieved his 100th career top-five finish in the Nationwide Series. After qualifying 10th for the race earlier in the day, Edwards was able to lead 9 laps and gain 34 points on current series’ points leader Brad Keselowski.
“We just battled all night,” said Edwards. “We never gave up with our Fastenal Ford Fusion. To finish fifth and have Brad (Keselowski) have his problems tonight and close the points a little bit is just great. To see all the fans here and have their support is pretty cool.”
Battling handling issues for the majority of the night, Edwards was able to keep his Fusion out of trouble at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway. Ten laps into the event he came on the radio saying that his car was a little loose. On lap 57 Edwards would bring his machine down pit road where the Fastenal crew quickly went to work changing right side tires and putting two rounds of wedge in the left rear. Edwards entered the pits running 9th and would exit in the 4th position.
Dealing with the No. 60, Edwards and team faced similar challenges for the remainder of the night. Crew chief, Drew Blickensderfer was able to strategically direct adjustments to make the car better after each stop. Unfortunately, due to a series of wrecks towards the end, laps ticked away under caution and Kyle Busch went on to win at Bristol.
Next Saturday night, defending race winner Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Fastenal team will head to the final road course of the season in Montreal. Catch all of the action on ESPN2 Sunday, August 29, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.