A great pit stop put Carl Edwards in position to pass Jeff Gordon for the lead on lap 296 of Sunday's Samsung 500 at Texas.
A horrible pit stop on lap 305 cost him a chance to win.
“We had that one good stop, passed Jeff for the lead, and I thought, 'If we can just have one more, we'll be all right', ” said Edwards, who entered the pits in the lead on lap 305 and came out eleventh. “That's what cost us the race. My guys are trying real hard - we're all in this together - but we can do a better job than that, and I'm sure we will.”
To his credit, Edwards resisted the urge to bash his crew.
“The way this thing works is that I don't need anybody to tell me when I've done something wrong, (and) they don't need anybody to tell them,” he said. “Those guys want to win this race just as bad as I do. We're all in this together. They don't yell at me when I hit the wall, so it's not my position to be mad at them.
“I know they can do it - we've just got to figure out how to do it every time.”
by Reid Spencer/Sporting News