April 18, 2009 12:38 PM

Nationwide: Edwards Starts Out Strong, But Relinquishes Points Lead

AVONDALE, Ariz. (April 17, 2009) – Carl Edwards and the No. 60 Aflac team started out the weekend in Sun Valley with a rough start when the No. 32 car came down on Edwards during a practice run causing extensive damage to the right side of their Ford Fusion.  The Aflac Team went into action and got the car looking close to new and were able to get Edwards back out on the track for a few laps of practice.  They weren’t sure what they had until Edwards blistered off a 27.129 second qualifying lap for the team’s third pole of the season. 

Edwards started out the race very strong by leading 79 of the 200 lap race. On lap 28 Edwards made contact with the No. 99 car of Michael Waltrip causing a spinout.  Midway through the race Edwards suffered engine problems which sent the team to the garage to fix the problem.   The Aflac team was able to get Edwards back out on the 1-mile oval, but they were 25 laps down. 

Edwards was able to avoid the flurry of late race cautions and keep the points damage to a minimum, but he relinquished the overall Nationwide Series points lead to Kyle Busch.  The race ended with a green-white-checkered finish in overtime on lap 203 and Edwards finished in 33rd. He is now 47 points out of the lead. 

The highlight of the evening was Jack Roush’s 100th Nationwide win when teammate Greg Biffle was able to hold off Kevin Harvick for the win.

“This is one of the best race cars, that I have ever had,” stated Edwards. “The team did a really, really great job of putting the car back together after the wreck in the practice.  Congratulations to Greg Biffle and those guys for getting the 100th Nationwide victory for Jack (Roush). We just have to go on.  It’s a long season and a lot can happen.  We are here for the long haul and we are going into Talladega next week to have a good race and focus on regaining our points lead.”
Next week the No. 60 team heads to Talladega.  They will be sporting the Save-A-Lot paint scheme.  Edwards is focused on regaining his lead and finishing well on the superspeedway.  Edwards is currently second in the overall NASCAR Nationwide Series points standings and just 47 points out of the lead.    

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