Carl Edwards' Ford Fastest in Every Session As NASCAR Busch Series Testing Concludes CONCORD, N.C. (May 15, 2007) - Carl Edwards continued to set the pace as NASCAR Busch Series testing for the May 26 CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 concluded Tuesday...
Carl Edwards' Ford Fastest in Every Session As NASCAR Busch Series Testing Concludes
CONCORD, N.C. (May 15, 2007) - Carl Edwards continued to set the pace as NASCAR Busch Series testing for the May 26 CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 concluded Tuesday evening at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
With 32 cars in the garage area for the second day of testing, Edwards' No. 60 Ford was fastest in both the afternoon and evening sessions, posting a best lap of 181.525 mph around the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
"Our car is really good and I think it is going to get a little bit faster as the night goes on," Edwards said during the dinner break. "Hopefully we can stay on top because everyone is closing in. I think we had a really good set-up to start with, so we were really fast yesterday. But now everyone is working on their stuff and getting faster."
Aric Almirola was second fastest at 181.391 mph in the No. 18 Chevrolet fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing.
"We are really happy with our car. Everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing has done a great job getting us good cars every week," said Almirola. "We had lots of set-ups to try in an effort to make our mile-and-a-half stuff better and we're getting there."
Stephen Leicht was third on the final speed chart at 180.246 mph. His lap came just before he hit the outside wall, flattening the right side of the No. 90 Ford.
Matt Kenseth and Scott Wimmer rounded out the top-five on the final speed chart.
Todd Kluever, Edwards' Roush Fenway Racing teammate, also continued to show consistent speed in the No. 26 Ford.
"All of the Roush Fenway cars are decent," Kluever said. "The whole shop does a great job and it's showing. During the short runs, we can get a big number but it just needs to be a little bit faster and not so tight on the longer runs. Things have been great so far for our whole organization and I hope the guys at the shop are proud of what they have done. They've built a lot of good cars. This is home, so we're going to try and put on a good show for the guys at the shop."
The CARQUEST Auto Parts 300 will be Bill Elliott's first start with Braun Racing and the 1988 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion continued to familiarize himself with the team and the No. 32 Toyota.
"I'm just trying to blow the dust off me," Elliott said. "We've worked through several things trying to get better. The main thing is to figure out what we need when we come back here."
The most serious incident during the seven-hour testing session took place at 4:40 p.m. when Kurt Busch lost control of the No. 12 Dodge and hit the wall. Busch was evaluated and released from the Carolinas HealthCare Systems Infield Care Center, but his team had only one car at the track and their test was finished.
The session concluded testing for the track's schedule of May races. Next up is the Quaker Steak & Lube 200 presented by Circle K for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge on Friday night. Spectator gates open at 1 p.m. with qualifying for the NEXTEL Open at 6 p.m. The Truck Series race will start at approximately 9 p.m. following NEXTEL All-Star Challenge qualifying.
Tickets for all May events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 19 NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge and the May 27 Coca-Cola 600, are still available and can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com.