Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Carpenter in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet and his team mate JR Hildebrand in the No.21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet both got caught up in the huge accident during Saturday night’s Rainguard Water Sealers 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
The pair who cars were damaged in the accident were able to get back out on track following fantastic work by their crews with Carpenter ending the race in 11th place and speaking following the event, the 2014 Texas winner commented by saying:
It was a wild night. We overcame a lot of adversity. First the spin – I was hoping for a spin and win! – and then got caught up in that big one. But there’s no quit in Ed Carpenter Racing. As many cars as were crashed out, we figured we’d patch it back up and salvage some points. You collect points all year long and you never know what a night like tonight might do at the end of the year for the entrant championship standings for both the No. 20 and the No. 21. I’m proud of the Fuzzy’s Vodka guys putting in the extra work. The easiest thing to do would have been packing up and heading home. I’m thankful for the drive of this team, getting back out there and finishing with both cars. There was a lot of tore up stuff tonight, but all things considered we got out of it alright for crashing twice! But it was really unfortunate, I think we could have raced with those guys at the end. We just had too many things happen, but that’s the way it goes.
JR Hildebrand was classified in 12th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Huge credit to the team for recognizing that there was an opportunity to fix the car, get back out, and pick up some positions. The Fuzzy’s Vodka crew killed it. With no set up pad, the car that I rolled back out there with could have competed for a Top 5 finish today with no problem. I’m really proud of the guys. It is a big confidence boost for everyone, the day goes totally sideways and we’re able to end on a positive note which always feels good. Ed (Carpenter) and I were both able to take advantage of the team doing awesome work. Hopefully this kind of gets us on a bit of momentum heading into the rest of the year, we have a lot of racing left to do. It is a bummer not to get a much better finish that we easily could have gotten today, regardless of the carnage, but it makes us all feel good about what we can do from here on out.