Edwards Advances to the Contender Round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
DOVER, Del. (Sep. 28, 2014) – Edwards was sitting in ninth place in points for the Challenger Round of the Chase going into Dover. He struggled in qualifying and ended up 18th for the third race of the Chase at the Monster mile on the concrete one-mile oval. Edwards started out fighting a loose car for the first 100 laps, but Jimmy Fennig and the Fastenal crew were able to get their Ford tightened up and were very competitive at the end of the 400-mile race. Edwards and the Fastenal team finished 11th. They advance to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and the points reset.
“It was just a solid day”, stated Edwards. “The car was actually pretty decent and everybody did a really good job. The pit crew did great and Jimmy (Fennig) did a great job with the car and that’s what we needed. We had a top-10 car and finished 11th, but I think if I would have done a little better job on the restarts we would have been better.”
Edwards started the race in 18th and reported a loose race car early on. Fennig used wedge and the trackbar to tighten him up through five cautions and green flag pitting. Edwards got up in the marbles on a restart on lap 79 and dropped back six positions and promised the team he would get those positions back.
He raced between 15th and 23rd for the first 250 laps. On lap 260 Edwards started clawing his way back to the front, picking away positions and gaining point by point. During the green flag pitting on lap 329 Edwards led a lap and gained another valuable point.
By lap 335 the adjustments kicked in and Edwards was very competitive, moving up to 11th place, which is where he was when he crossed the Finish line. With the 11th place finish the No.99 Team advances to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup and heads to Edwards’ backyard in Kansas for the Contender round and the points reset for the next three races.
Edwards and the No. 99 team travel to Kansas Speedway next weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400. The race is set for Sunday, Oct. 5. Coverage will begin at 2 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.