JOLIET, IL (July 11, 2008) – Edwards and the No. 60 World Financial Group started out the Chicago weekend very strong on the 1.5-mile track during practice. The World Financial Group Ford Fusion had been great right off the hauler. This was the inaugural night race for the track and Edwards forged his way into 6th place by lap 39. Unfortunately, on lap 42 Edwards thought that he was having a problem and pitted under green causing him to go two laps down. He was able to gain one lap back, but chased the lucky dog the remainder of the race and finished 16th when the checkered flag flew. Edwards took a hit in the overall Nationwide Series points dropping from third to fourth place.
When the 43-car field took the green flag for the 300 mile race at Chicagoland Speedway, Edwards immediately started forging his way to the front. He moved up 6 positions to 6th by lap 39 and was forging his way forward when he radioed his crew chief Drew Blickensderfer that he thought he may be having an engine problem. Blickensderfer advised him to green flag pit and they would check it out. Edwards pitted and the crew flew into action popping the hood to evaluate the situation. The No. 60 crew dropped the hood and got Edwards back on the track on lap 47 two laps down in the 36th position.
Edwards pitted on the first caution on lap 55 for fuel, four tires and an air adjustment. Edwards entered 26th and reentered the race in 26th on lap 60. The crew completed a 14.6 second stop.
On lap 62 the second caution flag flew when Roush Fenway Teammate Matt Kenseth spun out. Edwards was able to gain one lap back and he moved up to 20th.
On lap 75 Edwards reported his car was pretty good, just a little loose. Edwards spent the rest of the race chasing the Lucky Dog and fighting Roush Fenway Teammate Matt Kenseth for the position.
Edwards radioed his spotter and crew chief and advised them to let him know what cars to pass to gain as many points as they could. Edwards did gain four positions over the last few laps and finished one lap down in a very disappointing 16th position.
“I thought it was blowing up,” stated Edwards. “Something sounded real flat. It was running real terrible and then it sounded bad when we went back out. Our World Financial Group Ford ran pretty good the rest of the night. It was very frustrating.”
Edwards dropped one position in the overall Nationwide Series points standings. He is 254 points behind the series leader Clint Bowyer. Edwards and the No. 60 team will be in the Save-A-Lot colors next week at Gateway and are focused on regaining as many points as possible. The Sprint Cup Series is off next week, making the Nationwide Series race the big race for the weekend.
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