Lakeland: Adam Edwards race report

Edwards Learns In Lakeland "Former General Manager Just Misses Berth In Inaugural Event" LAKELAND, Fla (March 28, 2007) - - Adam Edwards had a lot of goals heading into last weekend's Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading (PBG) 250 at USA ...

Edwards Learns In Lakeland
"Former General Manager Just Misses Berth In Inaugural Event"

LAKELAND, Fla (March 28, 2007) - - Adam Edwards had a lot of goals heading into last weekend's Construct Corps-Palm Beach Grading (PBG) 250 at USA International Speedway. Unfortunately, the rookie driver missed the starting lineup by less than five-hundredths of a second.

Edwards, carrying sponsorship from RaceCoolers.com and Corporate Printers, put together a late race deal with Fast Track Racing and Andy Belmont Racing, hoping to put the No. 10 Ford Fusion into the first event ever held at USA International Speedway.

In practice, Edwards took it easy. Intent on learning the facility and his racecar, the Virginia Tech graduate student didn't feel the need to push the car. During the session, Edwards racked up the 31st fastest time overall with a lap of 23.841 seconds at 113.250 MPH. During the final practice session leading up to time trials, Edwards maneuvered put down the 34th fastest lap with a time of 23.944 seconds at 112.763 MPH.

In ARCA pole qualifying, Edwards qualified 35th after posting a lap of 23.351,corresponding to a speed of 115.627 MPH. Even though the Virginia native picked up nearly seven-tenths of a second from practice, it wasn't quite enough as the field was locked on the first 32 positions. With no provisional available, Edwards and the team were forced to call it an early weekend and watch the event from the sidelines.

"I hate it for everyone that we missed the event," Edwards explained. "We miscalculated what it would take to make it in the race. We left the race setup under it, and I know I left some speed on the table. In hindsight, I should have loosened the car up a good bit. It just shows how stiff the competition is in the ARCA series,which is why I want to race here. We still accomplished a huge amount this weekend. We gained experience, built relationships, and got exposure for myself and Racecooler.com. I would be lying if I said I didn't have a great time."

Edwards is optimistic about the remaining racing schedule. "Right now, we're taking it one race at a time, but I'm sure I'll be back soon. In six weeks I will get my Master's Degree in Business from Virginia Tech,and as my schedule allows I'll be at the track. I want to thank RaceCoolers.com, Andy Belmont and his crew for everything we accomplished this weekend. I look forward to working together in the near future."

-credit: AdamEdwards.com

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Series ARCA
Drivers Andy Belmont , Adam Edwards