LOUDON, N.H. (June 28, 2008) – Edwards and the No. 60 Under Armour team went to New Hampshire Motor Speedway, site of Saturday's Camping World RV Sales 200 with a lot of momentum from their win last week in Milwaukee. The team was very motivated and had never finished outside the top-5 on the 1.058-mile oval. Edwards and the No. 60 team captured their fourth consecutive top-5 with a very solid fifth place finish. This was Edwards’ 8th top-5 of the 2008 season.
Edwards started the race in 11th and never fell lower than 10th. He jumped into 9th on the first lap and then the first of five caution flags flew on lap 2 when the No. 27 car wrecked. Drew Blickensderfer, crew chief advised Edwards to stay out. The race went green again on lap 8.
Edwards fluctuated between 4th and 10th over the next 119 laps. The Under Armour crew was spectacular on their pit stops blistering off a 13.9 and a 13.6 second stop, gaining six positions in the pits. The crew only made minimum adjustments and kept Edwards in the top-10 all afternoon.
Pit strategy put Edwards into the lead on lap 130 when the 4th caution flag waved. Edwards pitted for fuel only. He came into the pits in 5th place and reentered the race in the lead collecting his 5 bonus points. The first seven cars took fuel only or two tires. Edwards led 6 laps, but it didn’t take long for Tony Stewart to catch him on lap 136. Edwards fell back to 5th on lap 142 and maintained that position for the remainder of the race.
The race ended on the fifth caution of the race, when Edwards’ Roush Fenway teammate, Greg Biffle wrecked in turn two on the very last lap. Edwards finished 5th, capturing his eighth top-5 of the 2008 season.
“The team is doing really well,” stated Edwards. “The pit stops were unbelievable. That’s the reason we’re there and we got the fifth position, but it was very cool for Under Armour to come on board. I really wanted to win that race. All of the guys were pretty pumped about getting some free Under Armour if we got into Victory Lane, but we’ll take fifth. It was a very knife-edge race. The cars were very close out there today and small things made the difference.”
Next week Edwards travels back to Daytona International Speedway. The No. 60 team had a very good run there at the beginning of the season for their first top-10. Edwards regained third in the overall points standings, only 188 points behind the series leader Clint Bowyer. Edwards and the No. 60 team will be running the Save-A-Lot colors for next week’s race.
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.