Congratulations to my former student Carl Edwards for winning his Busch Series race at Dover and for his third place finish in his Nextel Cup race. The Busch win, Carl's third of the year (to go along with three flips!) solidifies Carl's hold on first place in the race for the Busch Cup and the Nextel finish moves him to 6th place in the points standing.
It's been five years since I last talked to Carl at the gym at the University of Missouri. Do you suppose he still remembers me?
I chalk this up to the sophomore slump and the frustration that comes with it. One of his fellow racers told him after his successful first year that (paraphrased) "now it gets harder because success is expected of you." I hope his junior season is stronger than his sophomore season.
A year ago, Carl Edwards skipped the Busch race in Nashville because of a rain out, ruining his chances to win a series title.
Edwards made up for it Saturday night with a dominating win in the
Federated Auto Parts 300. He unofficially led 70 of the last 85 laps,
and beat Clint Bowyer to the finish by .920 seconds. It was Edwards' second win in the last three Busch races.
Tom Long, chief marketing officer for Miller, sent a letter on Friday to
Anheuser-Busch vice president of brand management Marlene Coulis offering a
wager that Kurt Busch, driving the No. 2 Dodges sponsored by Miller, will
finish ahead of Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet in this
year's final standings.
The loser must change his paint scheme to the winning brand's colors for one
Nextel Cup points race in 2007.
I send a hearty virtual handshake and congratulations to former student Carl Edwards who won last night's NASCAR Busch race at the Ameriquest 300. That's his 4th Busch win, 11th top-5, and 16th top 10 finish. Carl currently sits in 3rd place in the Busch standings and in 8th in the Nextel standings.
Carl Edwards amazes me. He went into last week leading the Busch Series in points. But his Busch race got rained out and was rescheduled on Sunday. But this was the same day that he was going to race at the Pocono. So he lost his points lead in the Busch Series but, he won the Pocono race. Last night, he wins the Meijer 300, his third Busch series win to go along with two Nextel wins, and is now in fourth place in both series. This is not bad for a guy in his first full season racing in both series.