EDWARDS WINS THE INDEPENDENCE 100 AT ORP (Indianapolis, IN) - Nascar Nextel Cup star Carl Edwards didn't decide to compete in the Premier Racing Association's Big Car race at O'Reilly Raceway Park until Wednesday ...
EDWARDS WINS THE INDEPENDENCE 100 AT ORP
(Indianapolis, IN) - Nascar Nextel Cup star Carl Edwards didn't decide to compete in the Premier Racing Association's Big Car race at O'Reilly Raceway Park until Wednesday afternoon. But his decision paid off as he won the Independence 100 on the 5/8ths mile ORP oval.
Edwards was one of three Nextel regulars who showed up for the event, including Ken Schrader and former series champion Tony Stewart. Stewart was in Indianapolis for a ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earlier in the day and decided to stay around and compete in the race. But he dropped out after 88 laps with mechanical trouble, and Schrader's night ended after only 26 circuits.
"I had gotten everything done at my computer this morning and happen to remember my car owner Bob Hoerner had said the car was ready for the race," said Edwards. "So I got in my plane, got to the track just as practice began, and, well, I'm glad I made the trip."
Indy 500 veteran Chet Fillip finished second, Eric Gordon, the winner of the first Big Car race of the year was third. Nascar Busch series regular Jason Leffler crashed in qualifying and could not get the car repaired in time. But Johnny Heydenreich loaned his car to Leffler for the feature race. Ironically Heydenreich's car was the one in which Leffler won the USAC Silver Crown championship in 1998. Leffler had contact with the wall again during the feature and finished last.
A.J. Fike was fastest qualifier, but started 5th but he too dropped out of competition after 53 laps.