Carl Edwards, No. 60 World Financial Group Ford Fusion
AVONDALE, Ariz. (November 10, 2007) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 World Financial Group Team went into Phoenix as the 2007 Busch Series Champion’s team after clinching the title in Texas last weekend. They struggled with setup during both practices and had a disappointing qualifying effort for the next to last race of the season at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR).
It was a beautiful day for a race in the desert. Starting from the 28th spot on the one-mile oval, Edwards methodically moved his car toward the front, picking off one car at a time and had gained eight positions by lap 43 when they finally pitted under the fourth caution for right sides only and fuel gaining them great track position. Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel’s great pit strategy moved them up 14 positions, putting them in 6th when the race went green again on lap 48. Edwards broke into the top-5 just two laps later.
The No. 60 stayed up in the top-10 and Edwards was happy with the car. From the 8th position, he said he only needed fuel, four tires and no changes when they pitted again on lap 115 during the 5th caution. The No. 60 crew blistered off a 14.55 second stop and Edwards had gained two positions up to 6th when green flag racing resumed on lap 121.
Edwards stayed out during the next four cautions and briefly dropped out of the top-10 for a dozen or so laps. He busted back into the top-10 again on lap 177 and stayed there for the remainder of the race.
The 11th caution turned into the second red flag break of the race on lap 198 setting the field up for a green-white-checkered finish. Edwards was able to gain one position on the last lap which put him in 7th crossing the start-finish line.
“We just fought all day starting from 28th and I think 7th was the best we could have hoped for. The car just wasn't fast. The guys were great on pit road, PK [Pierre Kuettel] had a great strategy and we ended up 7th. We were lucky that we didn't get caught up in any of those wrecks. There were some that looked unavoidable and we were in front of them. I’m not satisfied with finishing 7th, so I am going to Homestead to win it,” stated Edwards.
Crew Chief Pierre (P.K.) Kuettel commented, “A little disappointing qualifying effort for the World Financial Group Ford Fusion to start this race in 28th. We had a decent car there at the beginning of the race. We couldn’t seem to make up a whole lot of track position there at the beginning of the race, so when that first caution came out we brought it down and put two tires on it. That gave us a great position and got us up in 5th or 6th. I was a little disappointed with that set of tires though. I don’t know what happened to it or what the deal was, but it just didn’t perform the way we were hoping to. We had all the pressures and everything right. It just didn’t work out for us there. We’re going to Homestead with a revitalized car from the Charlotte race, and hopefully, we’ll have a good race there.”
The 2007 Busch Series Champion Carl Edwards and the No. 60 World Financial Group Team started the race 28th and finished 7th. This team has never finished outside the top-10 at PIR. Edwards’ first time ever racing on pavement was on this track, and he loves this track. It was the No. 60 team’s 20th Busch Series top-10 this season. The team is going into Homestead next week looking for their fifth win this year. Edwards will be back in Scotts colors for the final race of the season to collect his first ever NASCAR Championship trophy.
About Roush 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. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.