FT. WORTH, TX (April 5, 2008) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Scotts Water Smart team went into Texas Motor Speedway with a lot of confidence and motivation and nipping at the heels of the Nationwide Series points leader Clint Bowyer. Practice was delayed for weather and qualifying was cancelled because of rain and the 43-car field was set by 2008 owner’s points. This gave Edwards a fourth place starting position on the 1.5 oval. Edwards fought a loose car all day and experienced some bad luck by getting caught a lap down while pitting under green flag conditions. Eventually, Edwards got the Lucky Dog spot and was able to get back on the lead lap, but it was too late to make up any major ground. He did gain one position from David Reitumann, but finally finished 13th.
Edwards started from the fourth position when the green flag dropped. He fluctuated between 2nd and 8th over the first 54 laps and reported to his Scotts Water Smart crew that his Ford was pretty good, but a little loose. They green flag pitted on lap 55 and made air pressure adjustments on both left sides, four tires and fuel. Edwards entered 7th and resumed racing in 7th once the 43-car field cycled through.
On lap 91 the second caution flag flew and Edwards pitted for a trackbar adjustment, fuel and four tires. He entered pit road in 5th, but resumed racing in 7th on lap 95.
Edwards ran in the top-10 the whole race until lap 152 when he got caught a lap down while green flag pitting. While the field was cycling through a yellow flag came out on lap 155 causing Edwards to go a lap down and put him back in the 14th position.
Edwards and the No. 60 team fought a tough battle at the end and did capture the Lucky Dog position on lap 189. Unfortunately, it was too late to gain much ground. He was able to get by David Reutimann on lap 198 and was able to finish on the lead lap in the 13th position.
“I’ve just got to thank Scotts and everybody, but this Scotts Water Smart Fusion was just not fast enough at the end,” stated Edwards. “It was really loose throughout the race and we had some bad luck by going down a lap. The team did a great job, but we were never able to get back into the top-10.”
“This Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion was free all weekend. We just made some changes to tighten it up before the race and just didn’t quite get enough out of it. We worked on it all day. We worked really hard. Everybody put a lot of thought into it and every stop it got better and better and better. It just didn’t get all the freeness out of it and got a lap down when that 41 car spun. We were just a little too far back and it put us at the tail end of the lead lap. We needed a caution to come a little quicker than it did. We definitely lucked out with 11 laps to go when the caution came out and we were able to come back around. With that short of time and starting at the tail end of the lead lap you do the best you can. Carl did a great job with doing the best he could with that car. That’s how you get a championship team, by running with what you have every week. We’re going to go back to the shop and work a little harder. The guys did a great job. The motor’s good. We’ve just got to keep digging,” stated Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel.
Next week Edwards and the No. 60 team head to Phoenix International Raceway with their World Financial Group Ford Fusion. Edwards remains in second place in the overall points standings, just 57 points behind the leader Clint Bowyer.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.