Bad Day For Roush - Again

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Things did not go well for the Roush Fenway Racing stable in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway including some pit road problems that kept Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle from contending for the win.

A week after most of the team struggled during the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, the Roush organization suffered through more disappointment on Sunday.

Edwards appeared headed for his third straight Texas win when he took the lead late in the race from Jeff Gordon. But David Stremme's spin brought out the day's final caution and when Edwards hit pit road, disaster struck.

His crew bobbled changing the two front tires of the No. 99 Ford and when Edwards returned to the track he had fallen from first to 11th.

He rallied a spot to post a top-10 finish but was clearly disappointed with the turn of events.

To his credit, Edwards did not point the finger at his crew.

"The way this 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," Edwards said. "We just have to do whatever we can to fix it."

The last stop problems came after a near perfect day on pit road up to that point.

"We'd had one good pit stop and passed Jeff for the lead and I thought, 'If we can just have one more, we'll be all right," Edwards said. "We're all in this together. But we can do a better job than that, and I'm sure we will."

Biffle, who suffered pit road troubles earlier in the year at Auto Club Speedway when he ran over an airhose during a stop, was the victim of lug nuts coming unglued on tire changes.

That cost him a chance at returning to victory lane at Texas.

"Either it got glued up too early or too late," Biffle said of the faulty adhering of the lugnuts. "There's a technique to it that I know nothing about."

Biffle did have a fast car and was able to post a third-place finish, but never had the opportunity to challenge for the lead after the mishaps.

"I just wish we'd had the opportunity to race with the 24 (Gordon) for the win," Biffle said. "I was hoping for a caution in the last 10 laps just to bunch the field up and see what would happen. It would have been a great shootout."

Biffle did move up eight spots in the standings with the run.

"We did have a great run today," Biffle said. "We could have caught the 48 (Johnson) and with a little while longer we could have got the 24. We just ran out of time. It looked like we had the fastest car today. But it's not always that the fastest car wins."

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