Edwards Battles Hard for 20th Place Finish at Martinsville Speedway
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 26, 2014) –Edwards started out the weekend on the historic Martinsville Speedway qualifying 11th and running the first 220 laps in the top-15. Midway through the race he tangled with the No. 9 car and his Ford looked like it had been involved in a 43 car pile-up. Edwards battled his way through the wreckfest on the smallest track on the circuit that had 15 cautions and two red flags. Edwards asked Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig to give him more grip and help him with a loose condition. The Ford EcoBoost crew tried several hefty wedge adjustments, air and huge trackbar adjustments, but unfortunately he started dropping back on lap 238 and ran between 19th and 29th the remainder of the race. On lap 380 Edwards was passed by Denny Hamlin, the leader and went a lap down. He eventually received the “Lucky Dog” and got back on the lead lap. When the checkered flag flew, Edwards crossed the start/finish line in 20th place. He is currently sixth in points in the Eliminator round and 20 behind first place.
“Pretty frustrating,” stated Edwards. “We planned on running a lot better than that, but at the end of the day we still came home 20th and we could have lost our minds there. It’s not what we wanted. Jimmy (Fennig) and I talked about it. We’ll go to Texas and go for the win. We’ll go to Phoenix and go for the win there and that’s all we can do.”
Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac team head back to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the AAA Texas500. Race coverage starts at 3:00 pm EST on ESPN.