FONTANA, Calif. (August 30, 2008) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Save-A-Lot team picked up their 11th top-5 of the 2008 season in solid fashion, but just fell short of the win on the 2-mile oval in sunny southern California. Edwards’ Ford Fusion was very fast and never fell out of the top-5 the entire 150 laps, but just didn’t have enough at the end for Kyle Busch and had to settle for a 2nd place finish.
Edwards started the Camping World 300 Saturday evening from the 4th position. The No. 60 Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion started out tight in beginning, but came around. Edwards’ first stop in the pits came on lap 41 during a green flag run. His crew made minor adjustments, fuel and tires in 16.32 second stop. He pitted from 5th and moved up two spots to 3rd after the 43-car field cycled through.
On lap 56 the first caution flag flew and Edwards pitted for a second time for a track bar adjustment, four tires and fuel. Edwards entered the pits in 3rd, but resumed racing on lap 59 in 4th.
Edwards had moved up into 2nd on lap 76 and maintained that position for the rest of the race. The race had four more cautions and Edwards pitted one last time. The team blistered off their best pit stop of the night in 14.4 seconds. They made wedge and air adjustments, added fuel and changed four tires.
After a restart with eight laps remaining, Busch pulled away. Edwards had nothing left for him and had to settle for a solid second place finish under caution when Josh Wise wrecked on the white-flag lap.
“Kyle and the 18, those guys were spectacular,” stated Edwards. “That car was unreal. I was real proud of my Save-A-Lot guys. We did a good job. It was a great points night for us. I just wish we could have got up there and raced him a little bit and made it a better event for everybody, but he just checked out.”
Next week Edwards travels to Richmond International Speedway where they’ll be running the Scotts colors. Edwards did gain on the second and first place positions. He is currently 222 points behind the Nationwide Series points leader, Clint Bowyer and only 18 points behind 2nd place Brad Keselowski.
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.