Dover, Del. (May 30, 2009) –The “Monster Mile” normally is a great race venue for the No. 60 Scotts Ortho team, but they struggled the entire 200 laps with a tight car. Edwards has been dubbed the “King of Concrete”, but even though he never fell out of the top-10 he was never able to get his Ford up to the front to compete for the top spot. The end of the race was exciting for the fans. On the last lap Joey Logano ran into the back of his teammate Kyle Busch. The contact sent Busch up the concrete surface of the Monster Mile, which sent him back to 17th after leading over half of the laps. This gave Edwards his first crack at the top-5 and a great points day. Edwards finished 5th and was able to gain 33 points on Busch shaving the overall points lead to 40 points.
Edwards started eighth but moved up to sixth by lap 7. On lap 24 Edwards reported that he thought he might have lost a cylinder or had a loose plug wire, but as he raced around the 1-mile oval the sounds went away. He advised his crew chief Dan Stillman that the car was okay, but was just too tight in the center. Stillman said they would make adjustments on the first pit stop and get his Ford Fusion freed up. The second of nine caution flags flew on lap 28 and Edwards pitted for fuel, four tires and a wedge adjustment. The crew knocked out a 15.4 second pit stop and Edwards resumed racing on lap 34 in the seventh position.
Edwards fluctuated from seventh to eighth for the next 90 laps and six cautions. He was still complaining that his Ford was too tight. On lap 145 Edwards moved into 6th and maintained the position over the next 45 laps, surviving the last three cautions.
On lap 199 Kyle Busch hit the wall and went spiraling toward the rear of the field, finally landing in the 17th position. This gave Edwards the opportunity to move into 5th and capture his eighth top-5 finish of the 2009 season. Edwards finish 5th and was able to gain 33 points on the NASCAR Nationwide Series points leader Kyle Busch, shaving his lead down to 40 points.
“I was sure drinking a lot of Vitaminwater out there today. It was hot!” commented Edwards. “We had good balance in the Scotts Ortho Fusion, and before when we’ve had that balance here it had more speed. I was just talking to Dan Stillman (crew chief) and Michael Tam (engineer) about how to get more speed out of the car, so they’re going to go back and work on that. The 18 and the 20 have done their work and week after week I just watch them check out. It’s just hard to have a good handling car like that and not have a better race.”
Next week Edwards travels back and forth from Nashville, TN to Pocono, PA for the first non-companion races of the season. Edwards and the No. 60 team go into Nashville with full intentions to “win” at the track where they have dominated. They will be sporting the Scotts Ortho colors. Edwards had a good points day and maintained second in the overall Nationwide Series points standings moving within 40 points of the leader Kyle Busch.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating nine motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; three in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Colin Braun; and one in the Camping World Truck Series with Braun.