BUSCH CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WITHIN REACH FOR EDWARDS AND CHARTER TEAM CONCORD, N.C. (August, 17, 2005) - While it is agreed upon that there is substantial ground to make up in the chase for the 2005 Busch Series Championship, Edwards and the...
BUSCH CHAMPIONSHIP STILL WITHIN REACH FOR EDWARDS AND CHARTER TEAM
CONCORD, N.C. (August, 17, 2005) - While it is agreed upon that there is substantial ground to make up in the chase for the 2005 Busch Series Championship, Edwards and the Charter Team still believe the possibility to capture the title is within reach. Edwards and the team are currently fourth in the overall standings heading into this weekend's event at Michigan International Speedway. They are 234 points out of second and 356 out of first with 11 events remaining, which means it's time to step it up and gain points and win races to have a shot at sitting at the head table at the Busch Banquet in Orlando, Fla. on Dec. 9.
"It's going to be tough, but it's not completely out of the question yet," said Edwards. "Our job as a team is to eliminate mistakes, finish all of the races and capitalize on any of the mistakes those guys in front of us make."
"Although many believe this is the same No. 60 team Greg Biffle had last year, it's not. Most of the guys were new to this team at the beginning of the season and it's hard for a first year team to compete for a championship. I'm extremely proud of the progress Brad (Parrott) and the guys have made and I'm very excited about the rest of the season. Everything and everyone is starting to come together, and I feel like all of the mistakes and bad luck are behind us. Now we just have to go out there and win more races and keep ourselves in this thing."
"I can't wait to race at Michigan next week. I love the 2-mile oval at Michigan, because I have raced there four times and have accumulated four top-ten finishes. I always go in there with a lot of confidence. We had a great test there with the Charter Ford last week and had an awesome car. Michigan is one of my favorite tracks and the Charter Team is determined on winning there."
So far in 2005 Edwards and the Charter Team have racked up three poles, three wins (Atlanta, Richmond, Kentucky) nine top-five finishes and 14 top- 10 efforts in 23 starts. The thing that has set them back; however is that five of their nine finishes outside of the top 10 have been 36th or worse, two being DNF's. Still, they have time to overcome the deficit and crew chief Brad Parrott is confident in his team's abilities. It's time to focus and start gaining as many points as possible and that means winning races.
"The Charter Communications Team has never been more excited to go to a race track after a test than we are going into Michigan, said Brad Parrott crew chief of the No. 60 Charter Team. "We had our best test ever as a team in Michigan. I will be very very very shocked if we don't go up there and sit on the pole and win the race. We are taking the car we ran at Charlotte, chassis 80. We are going for as many points as we can get this weekend and a victory. We are really looking forward to Michigan and showing everyone what this race team is all about."
"We've got a great bunch of guys and I'm proud of everyone. We have gone through thick and thin this season and we are determined as a team, not give an inch in this championship race. It's not over till it's over and we will give everything we got," said Parrott.
"We fully understand the tremendous challenge placed in front of us finishing out the rest of this season, stated Edwards. "We had some pitfalls during the first half, but we managed to get through it and still be in contention for the championship. Our goal for the rest of the season is to finish top-three or better from here on out. It's time to win races. We are headed into Michigan focused on getting a pole and winning the Domino's Pizza 250 this weekend."
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, three in the NASCAR Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards and two in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.