Mistake in the Pits Costs Edwards Valuable Track Position and Possible Win
FT. WORTH, TEXAS (April 5, 2009) – Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion team suffered a disappointing day in Sunday’s Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. After working to correct the loose handling conditions that Edwards reported, the team hit on something on a lap 250 pit stop and by lap 296 the Aflac Ford was leading the race and appeared to be in strong contention for the win. On the No. 99’s final trip down pit road a slip-up cost the team significantly and Edwards fell from first to 11th with only 26 laps remaining in competition.
Edwards started 13th and from the drop of the green flag he reported that his Aflac Ford was handling “loose on the gas”. Through a series of scheduled pit stops the No. 99 crew would work to tweak Edwards’ Ford with air pressure and wedge adjustments. With each stop the No. 99 seemed to improve as Edwards ran in and around the top 10 for most of the day.
On lap 250, under caution, Edwards came down pit road for a scheduled stop. Crew chief Bob Osborne directed the No. 99 crew to make track bar and air pressure adjustments during this stop. The call was a good one, as Edwards sailed to the front in just 38 laps and looked to well on his way to victory lane. However, the glory would be short lived.
A yellow flag waved on lap 303, setting the stage for the race’s final pit stops. Edwards entered the pits as the race leader, but after a lengthy stop due to issues with bolting on the right front tire, he exited in 11th place.
When the final green flag waved on lap 308, the Aflac Ford was in 11th place and managed to gain one position before the checkers waved – Edwards finished 10th.
Jeff Gordon exited pit road on lap 308 as the race leader and held off teammate Jimmie Johnson for his first win since 2007. Roush Fenway Racing’s Greg Biffle ran third, followed by Tony Stewart. Matt Kenseth completed the top five.
Edwards maintains eighth position in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. He trails leader, Jeff Gordon by 265 points.
“Bob did a great job making my car better and better all day,” said Edwards. “There towards the end we were fast and the car handled really well, but we got killed on that last pit stop and that was it. But, we’re a team and we’ll work through our issues and improve.”
After a week off for Easter, Edwards and the No. 99 team will sport the yellow and green colors of Subway for the first of three times in 2009 at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 99 Subway/Aflac team will take to the track on Saturday, April 18 for the Subway Fresh Fit 500. FOX television and MRN radio affiliates will broadcast the race live beginning at 8:00 p.m. (EST).
Edwards’ Texas Results:
Led: 40 laps
Fastest Laps: Six
Laps in top 15: 328
Edwards’ 2009 Cumulative Record:
Races: 7 of 36
Behind Leader: -265
Top 5s: One
Top 10s: Three
Top 15s: Four
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. For more information on any of the Roush Fenway Racing teams, log onto www.RoushFenway.com. For sponsorship inquiries please contact Robin Johnson at 704.720.4645.
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