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MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Sunday, June 17, 2007 on TNT

 

Edwards Wins Citizens Bank 400

Source: Michigan International Speedway

PHOTO COURTESY OF MISPEEDWAY.COM

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- When you come to play in Jack Roush's backyard you better bring all your best toys because the longtime owner put another car in Gatorade Victory Lane at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday in the Citizens Bank 400.

Remember that Roush is from nearby Livonia, Mich. and has now won a total of 15 NASCAR races at MIS, including nine NEXTEL Cup races and three races each in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Busch Series.

Increase those totals by one following Carl Edwards’ victory on Sunday, marking his first triumph in 52 races and only the second Ford triumph this season in NEXTEL Cup competition. That gave Roush a sweep of the three races at MIS this weekend. His driver Travis Kvapil won the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at MIS on Saturday and Erik Darnell, another Roush driver, captured the ARCA RE/MAX Series Michigan 200 on Friday. Ford’s only other win this season was by Matt Kenseth at California Speedway. Chevrolet has dominated the series in all other events in 2007.

Kenseth, who had completed every lap this season, didn’t complete very many at MIS. He was involved in a wreck just 78 laps into the 200-lap, 400-mile race and finished 42nd. That’s about where Tony Stewart started. He was involved in a wreck with David Gilliland during Happy Hour on Saturday. Stewart’s team had to make repairs to his car and it was forced to start 41st in the 43-car field. Everything considered, Stewart was happy with a third-place finish. It established the record for the greatest improvement from a starting position. The previous record was held by Jimmy Spencer in the June 1996 race at 36 places (40th to 4th).

"It’s nice to win and get those extra 10 points toward the Chase," Stewart said. “The most important thing now is to be consistent more than winning a race here and there. The while we dug ourselves into Friday and the 38 car helped us with yesterday that put us two strikes down and starting the race today from the back. You can look at it and say we didn’t win today, or you can say we crossed the start-finish 43rd when we took the green and passed 40 cars to wind up with a top three finish. I choose to look at the positive say and say we rebounded we overcame a lot of adversity this weekend to finish third.”

Edwards took the lead for good on lap 166 and held off a fast-closing Martin Truex, Jr., toward the end. Truex had gotten to within 1 1⁄2 seconds of Edwards with 15 laps remaining after being behind by over eight seconds, but then started to back off, eventually losing by 3.7 seconds.

“If I would have lost that race it would have been like losing one of my arms,” Edwards said. “I have to hand it to Martin Truex. He’s brave to be running so high. He taught me something here today.”
For Truex it was his third top-three finish in the last three races.

“I had a really good race car,” he said. “I hit the wall when I got to about within about 10 car-lengths of him and then hit the wall. I actually ran into the wall and pushed my right front tire in a little bit. It got even worse. From there it was just try to save gas and make it to the end. We were definitely faster than him for a while. We were both running the same line, right up against the wall. Once I got about eight or 10 cars from him I got really tight and that was kind of unfortunate, but it was a great day for us. Carl hadn’t had won in quite a while so I’m sure he’s real happy.”

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series will return to MIS on August 19 for the 3M Performance 400. The race will be accompanied by the NASCAR Busch Series CARFAX 250 on August 18, along with the annual 3M Car Care Auto Fair, which will be held in the AAA Motorsports Fan Plaza during the weekend.

 

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