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April 4, 2009 11:46 PM

Nationwide: Edwards Maintains Points Lead After Rough Finish at Texas Motor Speedway

Carl Edwards, No. 60 Scotts Turf Builder Ford Fusion

FT. WORTH, TX (April 4, 2009) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Scotts Turf Builder team went into Texas Motor Speedway as the overall Nationwide Series points standings leader by 124 points.  They had a very good Ford Fusion running in the top-10 for the first 196 laps, but experienced some bad luck on lap 197 when Joey Logano slid up the track into Edwards coming out of turn 2, putting both of them into the wall on the 1.5-mile oval.  Edwards had to pit for right side tires and went down two laps, setting the No. 60 Scotts Turf Builder team up for their worst finish of the season.  They finished 18th, but maintained the overall Nationwide Series points lead over Kyle Busch by 38 points.   

Edwards started from the 6th position when the green flag dropped.  He fluctuated between 5th and 9th over the first 54 laps and reported to his Scotts Turf Builder crew that his Ford was pretty good, but a little tight.  They green flag pitted on lap 55 and made air pressure adjustments on both left sides, four tires and fuel.  Edwards entered 9th and resumed racing in 9th once the 43-car field cycled through.

On lap 66 the first caution flag flew and Edwards pitted for air adjustments, fuel and four tires.  He entered pit road in 9th, but resumed racing in 8th on lap 71. 

Edwards ran in the top-10 the entire race until lap 196 when the No. 20 car came across the nose of Edwards’ car, sending them both into the wall.  Crew Chief Dan Stillman advised Edwards to pit for two right side tires.  They went down two laps and finished 18th.          

“I’ve got to thanks Scotts Turf Builder,” stated Edwards.  “The 20 car just came across my nose and pushed us into the wall.  We usually race well together.  It was every man for their self out there and it just didn’t work out for us.  I don’t think his spotter told him or he decided to block, I don’t know.  We were racing hard; I guess it is what it is.  It’s hard to say.  My Scotts team did the best they could.  We just didn’t have a car that could win the race, but it was a top-5 car.  We definitely shouldn’t have ended up in the wall.  We’ll be alright and head to Nashville and build our lead there.”  

Next week Edwards and the No. 60 team head to Music City, Nashville, TN.  They will be running the Save-A-Lot colors there.  Edwards maintained his lead in the overall points standings and leads Kyle Busch by 38 points.

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