The Pit Stop

June 23, 2009 10:12 PM

Richard Petty Motorsports and other news...

Richard Petty Motorsports has come out today to say that they are not moving to Toyota cars this years, but are looking at options for 2010.

This link does talk about Earnhardt Ganassi Racing that could be going to Toyota cars next year.

Nationwide On-Hold - Post Milwaukee.mp3

Carl Edwards NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion Interview - Milwaukee Mile

For the second straight year, Carl Edwards made a 2,200 mile flight from Sonoma, California, to win the Nationwide Series race on the Milwaukee Mile. This time he out-dueled Kyle Busch to capture the checkered flag in the Northerntool's Dot Com 250.

Carl Edwards:

It was a good race and you know, Kyle and I have run into each other and we've been friends, we've been enemies and now it's good to be able to have a good hard race with the guy and it's nice to be able to drive past him under green and have a car that's capable of competing with those guys because the reality is they've been a class in the field for almost a year now and that's racing and he's beat us plenty this year so hopefully we can go back and forth and have a lot of good races like that.

On the night, Edwards and his Save-A-Lot Ford would lead 46 laps but Busch was out front for 80, marking the eighth race in a row that he has led the most laps. It was the first win for Edwards since November after four runner-up runs this season at Daytona, Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond.

It was really good to be back in victory lane. You could see it on my guy's faces. It feels like it's been a year, it's only been since Homestead, I guess six months or so but man it's nothing like winning.

Coming home third behind Busch was Brad Keselowsi, who led 23 laps.

Brad Keselowsi:
We did get to lead and we were outrunning the 18 and he got us on pit road so that was tougher yet to swallow. You know, either way I think the 60 would have won. He was the fastest car I felt like consistently through the night just watching him and again I'm just amazed with his talent and what he can do at these tracks but we still just need a little more to beat him.

Joining Edwards in the top five were Roush Fenway Racing teammates Erik Darnell and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. who were fourth and fifth across the stripe.

Erik Darnell:
Well it was a struggle to say the least; we struggled in practice with this Northern Tool plus Equipment Ford, thought we got it decent after we qualified because we threw a whole bunch of changes at it, qualified on a the poll, thought we might have had things turned around but 20 laps into the race we were fighting tide again like we were in practice. We struggled, we fell back. We made huge adjustments; I've never done that much to a race car before on pit stops and Mike Kelley and all these guys on this crew did a great job. Got the thing running better, we were good on the short run, terrible on the long run and that's what kind of bit us at the end but all in all still a pretty decent night.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr:
We got to get up there and lead some laps and race our way to the lead so that was pretty cool, that was the first time to lead in a Nationwide car but just a great night for our CitiFinacial Team but we've got a few things to work on, I've got a few things to work on, but we're looking forward to Gateway.

Team owner Jack Roush and all three of his drivers, running top five, in Milwaukee.

Jack Roush:

Well that's huge. Erik did a nice job, Ricky Stenhouse was just unbelievable for as few races as he's had in these cars. The Ford Fusions did a great job tonight and I'm just glad to be there with them.

Sixth at the finish was Steve Wallace and he was followed in the top 10 by Mike Bliss, Stephen Leicht,  Ron Hornaday Jr. and Jason Leffler. With the win, Edwards picked up only 10 points on Kyle Busch in the battle for the Nationwide Series Championship and still trails the leader by 127. Now there was one difference between Carl Edwards win at Milwaukee in 2008 and his latest in 2009. A year ago to honor drag racer, Scott Kalitta who had just died in a racing accident, Edwards declined to do his famous back flip. This time he did.

Yeah, it meant a lot to be able to do a back flip for the fans this year, I know a year ago they were not happy with me that I didn't do it but you know that was a solemn day and today is a real good day. So it felt good to do that and the fans they were on their feet. It feels so good, I can't tell you, that's what makes it all worth while. 

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