Watkins Glen, N.Y. (August 9, 2008) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Save-A-Lot Team went into the rolling hills of the Southern tier of New York for their third road course race of the 2008 season. After collecting two top-10’s earlier this year, Edwards and his team was looking at improving their road course record on the 2.3-mile,11 turn track. Edwards was really focused on coming back with a win, but traded some paint with the points leader Clint Bowyer while fighting for position and ended up spoiling his day by going down a lap and finishing in a disappointing 25th place. Edwards fell from second place in the overall Nationwide Series points standings to 3rd.
Edwards fought a tight car for the beginning of the race and managed to stay out and race through the first five cautions. He broke into the top-10 on lap 25 and it looked like he had the car to beat. Starting on lap 41, the field started playing out their pit strategies and Edwards pitted while several others stayed out. He dropped out of the top-10 very briefly, but fought his way back up by lap 49. He was back in the top-5 on lap 53.
On lap 54 Edwards got tangled up with Bowyer trying to pass him for 3rd and sent them both spinning. Edwards pitted under green and dropped from 4th place to 32nd and went one lap down. He fought for the “Lucky Dog” position over the last 28 laps, but the race went caution free and Edwards finished one lap down in 25th.
“Man, I truly apologize to Clint Bowyer and all his fans,” stated Edwards. “Somehow my brakes locked up and I ended up ruining both of our days. Our Save-A-Lot Ford Fusion was fast and I was fighting Bowyer for the top spots. My team was great and I plan on going to Michigan to gain as many points as I can and get back into this championship race.”
Next week Edwards and the No. 60 team travel to the heart of Ford and Jack Roush Country in Michigan. Edwards had a tough points day in the overall Nationwide Series dropping from 2nd to 3rd. He is now 177 points behind the series leader Clint Bowyer. Edwards and the No. 60 team will be running the Mr. Peanut colors next weekend for the first time.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR’s largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, John Wes Townley and Bobby East; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr.