Edwards Finishes Ninth In Points In Final Race With Roush Fenway Racing
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Nov. 16, 2014) –Carl Edwards, Jimmy Fennig and the No. 99 Fastenal team went into Homestead-Miami Speedway for their final start for Roush Fenway Racing and for the season. Edwards is moving on and Fennig is hanging it up and coming off the pit box. It was a solemn weekend and everyone wanted to end the year with a bang, but a right rear tire blew on lap 115 causing extensive damage and changing the dynamics of the race. Edwards went down a lap and the No. 99 team went into defense mode trying to fix their Fastenal Ford. They worked hard to fix their Fusion, but at the end of the race, the season and Edwards’ and Fennig’s rein, the No. 99 team finished 34th four laps down and ninth in the overall Cup series driver’s points standings.
“I had a flat right-rear,” stated Edwards. “I was having some fun racing with some of those guys. I went under Austin Dillon and I heard a noise and I thought, ‘Oh, somebody’s engine is blowing up,’ and it was my tire flapping and I just drove in there and backed into the fence. If I would have been just a little bit quicker realizing what was going wrong I think we would have still had a good finish, but I had a good time. We finished the race and got to race a little bit there at the end with Michael Annett and that was fun.”
The Fastenal team did everything they could to keep their Ford from losing any more laps and staying on the track. They fought through the 13 cautions and being six laps down by showing their determination and gaining two laps back. At the end of the race, the season finale and the No. 99 team’s last race together they crossed the start/finish line and finished 34th.
Edwards went on to say, “Overall it’s just been an honor to work with everybody here. If it weren’t for Jack Roush and Ford and everybody that has worked so hard, I definitely would never have had all the success we’ve had, so the 99 will always be a part of my life.”