Edwards Capitalizes on Fifth Place Finish at Kansas and moves into Third Place in Points for the Chase
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Oct. 5, 2014) – A strategy call from crew chief Jimmy Fennig with 37 laps to go was the move of the race for Edwards and his No. 99 Fastenal team. On lap 230 Fennig called for right-side tires only with no adjustments to help Edwards rally, gaining five spots and moving him into fifth place. Edwards fought hard in the top-five and captured his seventh top-five of the season in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and is now third in the Sprint Cup Chase Points.
“That was a great finish and exactly what we needed,” stated Edwards. “Our Fastenal team did a great job. Jimmy (Fennig) made a great call. Kansas Speedway is special to me. I want to do well for all my friends and family. But the points, this is a day when we had the opportunity to capitalize, and we did. As you look at the points, I’m real excited where I’m at.”
Edwards started the 267-lap race on the 1.5-mile track from the 12th spot. This is the closest track to his hometown and he was very excited about racing there in front of his family and friends. He fell back to 15th on lap 47 when he green flag pitted for a trackbar adjustment, fuel and four tires. By lap 144 and four cautions later, Edwards broke into the top-10 and stayed there for the next 20 laps.
On lap 169 Edwards reported the balance was good on his Ford Fusion, but was a little tight. For the next 59 laps and two more cautions the Blue Team tweaked the Ford with just minor adjustments. On lap 230 Fennig made the call of the race with a great strategy call for right-side tires only with no adjustments beating five of the leaders out of the pits moving him up to the fifth position.
Edwards battled the last 37 laps between fifth and seventh, but when he crossed the start/finish line in fifth he was able to capture his seventh top-five of the season and capitalize on a third place position in the Sprint Cup Contender round for the Chase.
Edwards and the No. 99 team travel to Charlotte Motor Speedway next weekend for the Bank of America 500. The race is set for Saturday, Oct. 11. Coverage will begin at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on ABC.