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July 28, 2008 8:40 AM

Nationwide: Edwards’ Determination and Fight Turned a Possibly Disastrous Day Into a Great Points Day

Carl Edwards, No. 60 vitaminwater Ford Fusion

CLERMONT, Ind. (July 26, 2008) – Edwards had an extremely busy day traveling back and forth from the Brickyard to O’Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) for the first Nationwide practice and back to the Brickyard for Sprint Cup qualifying.  The first Nationwide practice was very fast and Erik Darnell substituted for Edwards during the final practice working on his set up.  Immediately after his practice at the Brickyard, he jumped back in a helicopter and flew over to ORP for qualifying and racing in the Kroger 200.  Edwards just barely made it in time for Nationwide qualifying.  NASCAR started the five minute clock and Edwards made it to the No. 60 vitaminwater Ford Fusion with only a couple minutes to spare. 

Edwards started the race by dropping from 12th back to 15th by lap 20 and NASCAR was watching the No. 60 Ford for smoke.  The first caution flag flew on lap 21 and Edwards pitted for the No. 60 crew to assess the situation.  Oil was everywhere and the vitaminwater crew flew into action to fix the problem.       

Edwards went down three laps while the vitaminwater team fixed the suspected oil leak.  It took a couple pit stops, but the team was able to get the problem fixed and get Edwards back on the track running the fastest times.

A determined Edwards forged his way through the field and caught the leader Kyle Busch.  He was able to fight him for the lap and then pass him on lap 127 gaining the first of his three laps back for the night. 

With the same determination, Edwards fought his way back to the leader for a second time and passed him for his second of three laps on lap 157.  This put Edwards one lap down and in the position to fight for the “Lucky Dog”.

On lap 171 the seventh and final caution flag flew and Edwards fight for the Luck Dog finally materialized.  He ended up back on the lead lap in the 24th position.  The rest of the race was a dog fight for Edwards on the .686-mile oval trying to gain as many positions and points before the end of the race.  Edwards and his vitaminwater team never surrendered and fought a very loose car for the remainder of the race.  The pit stops were great and, for the last twelve laps of the race, they had the fastest car on the track.  Edwards forged his way toward the front and captured 13 spots placing him in the 11th position.  Edwards had a great day gaining on first and second place in the overall Nationwide Series points standings.

“Just a little short, man, but it's just like anything in this world,” stated Edwards. “You just try as hard as you can and that's what we did tonight.  I have to thank vitaminwater and everybody.  We had an oil pump or oil cooler leaking or something.  Man, I'd give anything if this thing was about 100 laps longer.  I was having fun; and it's too bad, because I felt like we had the fastest car.  That's fun in itself." 
 
Next week Edwards travels to Montreal for his second road course race on the Nationwide Series schedule.  Edwards gained 21 points on the Nationwide Series leader Clint Bowyer putting him 180 points behind the points leader.  He is only 7 points out of second.  The No. 60 team will be back in the CitiFinancial colors when they cross the northern border into Canada. 

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