EDWARDS AND HIS NO. 60 FASTENAL TEAM HAVE A STRONG SHOWING AT THE FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY Daytona, FL -- Starting second after Friday's qualifying session was canceled due to rain, Carl Edwards and his team ...
EDWARDS AND HIS NO. 60 FASTENAL TEAM HAVE A STRONG SHOWING AT THE FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Daytona, FL -- Starting second after Friday's qualifying session was canceled due to rain, Carl Edwards and his team looked to take the No. 60 Fastenal Ford Fusion to victory lane and capture the first win for 2010. For most of the afternoon, Edwards battled fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars Dale Earnhardt Jr, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch for the top spot.
"It was a wild race, we had a strong car, and I just tried to make it last to the end," said Edwards, who drove in the top 10 during the majority of the race. "I got tangled with Brad there, and I'm glad that everyone came out alright. It was a hard fight to the finish with Tony being so unbelievable. A great start to the season for the points. We're here to win a championship. My guys did a really good job with the car."
The afternoon had a slow start with a smattering of cautions early on in the first 10 laps. On lap 43, Edwards came down pit road for a routine pit stop. The crew made a slight air pressure and wedge adjustment. Edwards went back out in 22nd position and quickly was running back into the top 10 by lap 51. By the halfway point of the race Edwards was in the third position.
At lap 68, the yellow flag flew once again after a wreck that involved NASCAR newcomer Danica Patrick. Under this caution, crew chief Mike Kelley brought the team together to bring the car into the pits to fill up with fuel and put on four fresh tires. On the restart Edwards was leading the field. On lap 91 Edwards and Brad Keselowski briefly made contact causing Dale Earnhardt Jr. to flip onto his roof and set off a series of other reactions. Edwards sustained slight damage on the right front of his Ford Fusion. Once pit road opened the No. 60 crew quickly added four fresh tires and made a slight repair to the front. Exiting pit road Edwards was scored in 15th position.
Having eight laps to go on lap 112, Edwards had moved up to the fourth position. Edwards was able to shorten the distance between he and race leader Tony Stewart. Time fell short at the end and Edwards finished in the second position.