Carl Edwards, once a regular fixture in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, returns to the cirucit this weekend to climb into his familiar old No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford when the series heads to Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for road course racing.
“I’m very excited about running the No. 60 Subway Ford Mustang in my first Nationwide Series race of the year,” Edwards said.
After several years of racing full-time in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series, Edwards announced in 2011 that, as of 2012, he was going to give up Nationwide racing for the forseeable future to concentrate his focus on his Sprint Cup Series efforts.
Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen will be Edwards first Nationwide race of the season.
“The Nationwide race at Watkins Glen is almost like a Sprint Cup event because of the length of the race,” Edwards said. “It’s a very long and tough race, and there is a lot of competition with all the road course specialists. There are always a lot of really fast guys there, so it’s a race that will test the equipment and our strategy.”
The weekend will be a double-header one for Edwards, as he’ll be behind the wheel of his No. 99 Ford in the Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, also at The Glen.
Edwards has never been to Nationwide Series victory lane at Watkins Glen, but he has run well there. In seven series starts at the track, he has two top-five finishes. While winless at The Glen, Edwards does have a couple of Nationwide road course victories, coming at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal and at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
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