BROOKLYN, Mich. (August 16, 2008) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Mr. Peanut team fielded a very strong car for the CARFAX 250 on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. After blistering off a nearly record setting lap for qualifying and winning the pole with a lap time of 38.688 seconds, the No. 60 Ford team spent much of the day setting the pace for the race on the 2-mile oval and dominating until they won the race. It was Edwards' third win in the last nine races. He pulled up on the grass adjacent to the start finish line, got out of his car, raised his arms to an estimated crowd of 55,000 cheering spectators and pulled off another enthusiastic back-flip for his third win in the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Edwards started from the pole and led the first 32 laps in strong fashion until Brian Vickers passed him on lap 33. Edwards and his Mr. Peanuts Ford Fusion was still very strong and maintained 2nd place through their green flag pit stop on lap 42. Then they took over the lead again on lap 53.
He led for the next four laps and surrendered the lead again, this time to Tony Stewart, on lap 57. Edwards and Stewart swapped the lead over the next couple laps and then Stewart led the race until the 4th caution flag flew on lap 90 when the leaders pitted. Edwards’ Mr. Peanut team flew into action completing the best stop of the night with a 13.8 second stop. Edwards left pit road in first and dominated the remainder of the 125 lap race.
Edwards pulled away by 7 car lengths and never looked back. He survived two more cautions, including the No. 9 car spinning in front of him on lap 97 and the final caution on the last lap. Edwards crossed the start/finish line first for the third time this year. He drove his Ford Fusion to the grass near the start/finish line, got out of his car to acknowledge the fans, and then completed his much anticipated backflip as the crowd roared.
“The Planter’s Peanut car was awesome all day,” stated Edwards. “It was real good. There were a couple of cars that were real fast. Tony was real fast and Brian Vickers was extremely fast and my pit crew just did a great job there at the end. The change was great that Drew made. It made the car fast for the final run and Tony having the trouble on pit road, or whatever happened to him, it was sure a lot easier to pass him there than it would have been on the race track, so we came out first and my guys did a great job and it went green the whole way. The car was just great. I’m really proud of the guys for building that car that way and doing all the homework that they did to make it that good, and then the engine department has been working really hard and our engine was very strong all day, too.”
Crew Chief Drew Blickensderfer stated, “We built a new bodied car for Carl to come here. It was pretty fast off the truck. He was real happy with it and it worked out. We had a total team effort. It takes driver, horsepower, body, pit crew, everything here at Michigan, and it worked out for us.”
The No. 60 team had a dynamic points day by winning the race and by leading 71 laps for the most laps for the extra 10 bonus points. Edwards made a very impressive jump by gaining 64 points on the leader Clint Bowyer. This puts him a mere 113 points out of first for the overall Nationwide points standings. Edwards also regained the second place spot and is currently 19 points ahead of Brad Keselowski. The No. 60 team goes to Bristol next week where they will be sporting the Save-A-Lot colors. Tune in on Friday night for the race under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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.