HAMPTON, Ga.–Former Nationwide Series champion Carl Edwards doesn’t drive in NASCAR’s second-highest classification these days–except when he can help a teammate.
During Saturday’s NNS practice, Edwards turned a few laps in Travis Pastrana’s No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, at Pastrana’s request.
“I was kind of going down a different route than my teammates,” Pastrana said. “So I just wanted to verify, because every time I’ve gone down a different route than my teammates, we’ve thought we were good, and then we’ve gone into the race and hit walls and crashed and stuff.
“So Carl got in, and he said the exact same thing that I was feeling. So I don’t know if it’s right, but at least I got someone else to verify it.”
Denny Hamlin will have to give up his fourth-place starting position for Sunday night’s Sprint Cup race after his team changed the engine in the No. 11 Toyota after Saturday’s first practice.
That’s the second change for a Toyota Racing Development engine this weekend. The engine in Brian Vickers’ No. 55 Camry was replaced before practice on Friday. Because of NASCAR’s one-engine rule, both Hamlin and Vickers will start from the rear in the AdvoCare 500.