Fifteen Seconds of Fame
In NASCAR, time is everything. "Every second, hundredths of seconds, I mean, can win or lose a race, you look at the lap times, I mean everyone is real close, just a couple tenths faster and those tenths really matter," said Pit Supportman Tom Giacchi.
"If you can make up time on pit road, that's less time Carl's got to make up on the track, or if you can gain spots, its really hard to pass, especially at a place like this," said Jackman Cameron Cobb.
And once on pit road, its up to Edwards' crew to get his car back on track. "Everybody will proceed to the right side of the car," said Crew Chief Pierre Kuettel.
"Fill it full of fuel and make a track bar adjustment," said Giacchi.
"As soon as i drop the jack, Carl knows it's time to go," said Cobb.
They do all the pit work in about 15-seconds. Then, while Edwards is on the go, the crew inspects the old tires and reviews the previous stop. "As soon as one stop is over, we go over video and look to see what kind of mistakes we made, where we can pick up some more time, but for the most part its a lot of hurry up and wait," said Rear Tire Carrier Frank Brasfield.
Crew members wait and wait and wait for their fifteen seconds of fame.
But Saturday was "just a miserable day, my teammate and I got into each other, I had an oil cooler get a hole in it, and a pretty viscous wreck," said Carl Edwards.
"If you have fenders that have holes in them, or the hoods open or something like that, you want to get that patched so the car still actually turns," said Kuettel.
"Just trying to get the aero right, there's so much that goes into these cars that people don't know just as far as their shape and their contours, that they were just trying to get it right, trying to get it so it would be faster." said Giacchi.
It was a tough break for Edwards though, as Kansas Speedway gave the 60 car a new shape for the crew to work with.
Carl Edwards is currently first in the Busch Series, and dropped to 7th in the Nextel Cup standings after yesterday's crash.