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February 22, 2009 1:02 PM

Nationwide: Edwards Captures Second Top-Five of '09 in California

FONTANA, CA (February 21, 2009) – The No. 60 Scotts team went to sunny southern California for their second race of the Nationwide Series at Auto Club Speedway, just outside of the Los Angeles area.  They had a very fast Ford Fusion right off the hauler and captured the top spot in the first practice and the seventh spot in the final practice on Friday.  The Scotts team started out race day (Saturday) with a super qualifying run with a speed of 40.06 seconds to capture the pole position.   Edwards started from the pole position, but was immediately passed by Kyle Busch on the first lap.  Edwards maintained the second spot for over 96 laps.

Edwards radioed crew chief Dan Stillman on the first two laps that his Ford Fusion was tight, but the balance was good.  Stillman advised that they would make the adjustments when they pit.

On lap 40 NASCAR scored Edwards for leading a lap just before he green flag pitted on lap 41 collecting his five bonus points.  Edwards pitted and the crew made air adjustments and added a half rubber to the right rear, plus fuel and four tires.  The pit stop time was 16.27 seconds.  Edwards pitted from second and by the time the field cycled through he was in 4th on lap 47.

The first of four caution flags flew on lap 52 and the Scotts crew made more air adjustments to free Edwards up and help him with more down force.  The crew completed a 14.2 second stop and gained one position putting Edwards in 3rd on lap 61. 

Edwards pitted again on lap 90 from the 2nd position for more adjustment to free his Ford up.  They made more front air pressure adjustments in 15.4 seconds and retained 2nd on lap 95 when racing resumed.   

The most exciting segment of the race was when the No. 60 Scotts crew had a great pit stop and Edwards beat Busch off of pit road for the lead on lap 135 for the restart.  Then Busch dived to the inside of Edwards with Kevin Harvick making it three-wide shuffling Edwards back to sixth. 

Edwards was able to fight his way back into fourth place for his second top-5 of the season. 

"Kyle (Busch) definitely had the best car -- that's for sure," said Edwards, "That was amazing. Kyle was just in a league of his own, so it was tough to be able to hang with him for most of the night.  We fought a tight car, but were able to hang in the front all night.  My Scotts crew did a great job in the pits and got us out in front of Busch to lead some laps." 

Next week Edwards travels to Las Vegas.  He maintained the second spot in the overall Nationwide Series points standings.  Busch currently leads by 20 points.  The No. 60 team will be back representing Save-A-Lot next week and they are determined to capture the number one spot.

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