Edwards Flips for First Bristol Win in 2007, Takes No. 60 to Victory Lane for Second Time at the Last Great Colosseum
With just 60 days until NASCAR rolls into the Last Great Colosseum and its first short-track race of the year, BMS looks back at car number 60 and its 2007 trip to Bristol's victory lane.
The final Busch Series race prior to the track's repave marked Carl Edwards first back flip on the high banks, as the future superstar positioned his Ford up front for much of the day, leading 147 of 300 laps.
"The end of the race was great," said Edwards in his 2007 post-race interview. "To be able to hold off somebody as great as Matt Kenseth at a place like this means a lot to me. That made the win very special. It's unbelievable, man. Bristol is awesome."
Edwards, who battled current Cup Series combatants Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth for much of the race, also found his No. 60 machine embroiled in controversy after benefitting from NASCAR's decision to rescind a pit road penalty.
The year's eventual points champion along with Ryan Newman and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. entered pit road just as a spin by David Reutimann brought out the event's ninth caution. Initially told to restart at the tail end of the longest line, teams argued that although the flagman was waving pit road closed the electronic light was signaling open, a discrepancy prompting officials to reverse their earlier decision.
"Let me go on the record for saying that, as far as I've been here, that's unprecedented for them to make a judgment call and try to fix a problem and fix a mistake," said Edwards following the win. "I cannot thank NASCAR enough. I'm proud to be a part of a sport on a day like that. When they can do something like that, it means a lot."
In 2014, the No. 60 Ford Fusion enters the fray inside the World's Fastest Half Mile piloted by 21-year-old Chris Buescher who seeks another trip to victory lane for the Roush-Fenway machine at the March 15th Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 300.
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