Carl Edwards, No. 60 Scotts Ford Fusion
Homestead-Miami Speedway/November 17, 2007
Homestead, FL. (November 17, 2007) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Scotts team went into Homestead for the Busch Series 2007 finale to end their season on a high note. Edwards clinched the Championship two weeks ago in Texas, but extended his win margin to 618 points over second place driver David Reutimann. Edwards finished the Ford 300 with a very solid 4th place finish for his 15th top-5 of the 2007 season.
Edwards had a fairly good Ford Fusion right off the hauler. The crew had to make a few adjustments to make the car better. He was strong in race trim during both practices and qualified in 2nd with a 31.31 second lap. His impressive lap was beat by teammate David Ragan’s 31.12 second qualifying lap.
Edwards darted into the lead on the first lap. He led the first seven laps and remained in the top-10 until lap 25. Edwards pitted under caution on lap 25 to correct a tight in and free off condition. The crew blistered off a 13.37 second pit stop while making adjustments to air pressures and track bar, changing four tires and adding fuel. Edwards came in to the pits in 8th and was shown in 23rd when green flag racing resumed because several cars had opted to stay out on track.
The No. 60 team stayed out during the next caution trying to gain track position and Edwards fought with a really tight car for 57 laps until he pitted for the second time on the sixth caution on lap 86. His crew made air pressure and track bar adjustments during a 15.59 second stop. Edwards was caught speeding on pit road and was sent to the tail end of the longest line landing him back in 27th when green flag racing resumed on lap 90. The seventh caution flag flew on lap 91 and Edwards had to lock up his left front to avoid a wreck. He flat spotted his tires and had to pit again for four fresh tires. When the green flag flew again on lap 95 Edwards was in 24th.
Edwards began a charge toward the front and never went back. He broke into the top-20 on lap 103 and stayed out during the next four cautions. He broke into the top-10 on lap 138 and radioed into his crew that his car was way too tight to run up front.
The No. 60 crew pitted under caution on lap 171 for wedge and air pressure adjustments, along with four tires and fuel. He came into the pits in 2nd place. The No. 29 and No. 5 stayed out and Edwards was shown in 3rd when the green flag dropped on lap 176. He fought hard to pass the No. 5 driven by Mark Martin and was chasing down the No. 29 driven by Jeff Burton. Edwards was never able to reel him in and pass for the lead. He battled hard with Martin over several laps allowing Matt Kenseth to catch up to them in the No. 17. Edwards fell back to 3rd and then Kenseth passed Edwards for the 3rd position. When the race ended Edwards crossed the finish line in 4th. Edwards finished the 2007 season as the Busch Series Champion. Edwards celebrated the championship with his signature back flip before being presented with the trophy in the Champion’s Circle.
"I'm very pleased to be a champion. That's great. I don't know what to say. I can't thank Jack enough for giving me the opportunities that he has in my career. And for PK (Pierre Kuettel) for working so hard, I know that his hair was pretty gray when we started, but its shiny silver now. We've been working really hard and I appreciate all the guys' efforts.”
“I think tonight was a good run for us,” Edwards continued. “It was a great rebound from the beginning of the race and that will be something to hang our hats on for the winter time. So, it's very cool to be able to race with those guys, to be up there fighting for a win with them. And especially Mark, that was neat at the end of the race to be able to race with him like that. Just because of how much he's done for my career personally, and before I even knew him how much he inspired me to work hard. And so that is pretty neat."
“It’s quite an accomplishment for this Scotts Ford Fusion Busch Series team for the final time. It was great to win this championship for Busch for the last time. These guys have worked hard all year long. Everybody has put in 100% effort. Busch has had a great 26 year run. The guys at Busch have done a fantastic job in sponsoring the series and supporting it and it's great to be part of it. It was great to be standing on the stage out there with Carl and the team," stated Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel. “We’re going to go back to work. I think we’ll have more drive and more vengeance than we did last year to go ahead and solidify this win to make sure that this is a genuine deal so that we can go back and repeat this and work for our sponsors really hard.”
Edwards finished the 2007 season on a high note by finishing the Ford 300 at Homestead in 4th for his 15th top-five finish. Edwards and the Scotts team finished 2007 with four wins, 15 top-fives and 21 top-10s and captured the Drivers Championship.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 14 motorsports teams, five in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; five in the Busch Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Todd Kluever, Michel Jourdain Jr. and Danny O’Quinn Jr.; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Edwards, Peter Shepherd, Travis Kvapil, Erik Darnell and T.J. Bell; and one in the ARCA/REMAX Series with Colin Braun and Darnell.