DAYTONA, FL (February 16, 2008) – Carl Edwards started out the Daytona race weekend by tearing up the whole right side of their Scotts Ford Fusion during practice in on track contact caused by another competitor. The No. 60 team flew into action and replaced the sheet metal on the entire right side of the car making it look as good as new. They weren’t able to practice after the repairs were completed, but were able to get in a decent qualifying run. Edwards started from 26th starting position in the Camping World 300 on the 2.5-mile speedway. He stayed back in the pack for the first 30 laps or so trying to avoid any early wrecks. He was happy with the car so he wanted to play it safe. He later flirted with the top-5 for several laps, but placed 10th under a green-white-checkered finish.
On lap 39 he was in 20th place when the No. 60 team green-flag pitted for four tires, air pressure adjustments on both left sides, and fuel in a 14.79 second pit stop. By the time the field had cycled through he had gained two positions and was in the 18th spot. On lap 53 Edwards had moved up into the 13th position when he radioed in to his crew chief Pierre Kuettel that he had a great car, but it was just a little loose.
The No. 60 team pitted for their second stop under the first caution on lap 55 from the 13th position and changed four tires, added fuel, and took out a round of wedge on the right rear in a 14.81 second pit stop. They gained one position and went out in 12th on lap 58.
On lap 60 Edwards broke into the top-10 where he stayed for the remainder of the race. He broke into the top-five only fourteen laps later. The second caution flag flew for debris on lap 78. It wasn’t the best pit stop of the race for the No. 60 team because of pit road traffic. Edwards had difficulty entering and exiting his pit stall. The team made air pressure adjustments, changed four tires and added fuel and Edwards had lost two spots when he left pit road. Green flag racing resumed on lap 81 and he was in the 9th position.
Edwards raced around in the top-10 until lap 96 when the third caution flag waved for debris from Marcus Ambrose’s Ford. Edwards was in 8th when he entered the pits for four tires and fuel and went back out in 9th. Over the next five or six laps, racing became very aggressive with almost constant three-wide racing in the front of the field. Edwards moved up to his best position of 4th on lap 110 and the biggest wreck of the race happened on lap 111 causing the fourth and final caution. Edwards stayed out on the track and they resumed racing on lap 114.
Edwards tried a few things during the last laps on the race to try to gain track position, but fell back into a 10th place finish. All four of the Roush Fenway Racing teams finished in the top-10.
“It’s great to be back on the track at Daytona. I had a really good car. My guys did a great job of putting it back together after we wrecked in practice. Even though I didn’t qualify that great, the car really raced well. It felt really good to be able to run in the top-five for awhile. I was trying some things at the end of the race that didn’t work out quite like I planned. I’m glad that I was able to finish in the top-10 to give the Scotts team a good start to the season. Now I’m looking forward to a great race in Fontana,” commented Edwards.
After the race crew chief Pierre Kuettel (P.K.) commented, “Finishing 10th in Daytona with our Scotts Ford Fusion gives us a good strong start for the 2008 Nationwide season. We are looking forward to moving up the ladder each week as we defend our title. We will try to consistently move up in the points and capture the lead by knocking out top-fives and top-10’s each week.”
Next week Edwards and the No. 60 Scotts team travel to California Speedway. The team has had a lot of success there with a win, a pole and four top-10’s.
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.