November 2, 2008 12:33 PM

Nationwide: Edwards Finishes Second at Texas and Captures 17th Top-Five 0f 2008

FT. WORTH, TX (November 1, 2008) – The No. 60 Save-A-Lot team had an awesome start to the weekend by having the fastest speeds for both practices and then posted the top speed for qualifying, winning their fourth pole of the season.  Edwards and the No. 60 Save-A-Lot crew had a special guest for the 200 lap race Saturday.  Rachel Ray, author and host of the syndicated talk/lifestyle program Rachel Ray, was the Save-A-Lot team’s honorary crew chief for the event.  Edwards started out very strong on the fast 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway.  He never fell out of the top-10 and was able to give Kyle Busch a challenge for the win on the final lap.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite close the deal and finished 2nd.  This was Edwards’ 17th top-5 and 20th top-10 of the 2008 season.    

Edwards started from the pole with a 28.70 second speed, but dropped back to second on the first lap. He was passed by Kyle Busch on lap 36 and dropped back to 3rd and then maintained that position until lap 49 when the first caution flag flew.  Edwards advised crew chief Drew Blickensderfer that his Ford was pretty good and didn’t need many changes.  The Save-A-Lot crew blistered off a 13.5 second stop changing four tires, fuel and a slight air adjustment.  They gained one spot getting Edwards out in second on lap 53.

Edwards never fell lower then 3rd until lap184, when the No. 60 crew struggled on their pit stop sending Edwards back to 6th and out of the top-5 for the first time of the day. 

On lap 189 the final caution flag flew and Blickensderfer decided to take four tires, while the leader and several other teams took just two.  The gamble paid off and Edwards forged his way from 6th place to 2nd and was challenging Busch for the lead.  Edwards ran out of laps and finished 2nd.

“We got four tires and that gave us a chance against the 18,” stated Edwards. “Those guys were really fast all day.  My crew chief Drew Blickensderfer did a really great job.  He made really, really good calls.  Our car was great.  We needed about two more laps with the way everything was working out and I think we would have been really close to catching Kyle, but definitely they did a great job today.  Their car was spectacular.”

Next week the No. 60 World Financial Group team heads to Phoenix International Raceway where Edwards is determined to gain as many points as possible to dig into Clint Bowyer’s lead.  There are only two races left in the 2008 season and the No. 60 team is determined to show everyone that they are a championship caliber team.  Their goal is to get back into Victory Lane two more times. 

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