Edwards Moves up Three Spots to Ninth in the Challenger Round for the Chase
LOUDON, N.H. (Sep. 21, 2014) – Edwards went into Fenway country sitting on the bubble in 12th place for the Challenger Round and the second race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Aflac team qualified well by making it to the final round on knockout qualifying and placing an eighth place spot on the Magic Mile. The 300 lap race is normally a pretty fast paced event, but this race was filled with 15 cautions which set the tone for the end of the race-survival. Edwards started eighth, but ran the majority of the race between 10th and 17th and was fighting an ill handling car that was tight in the center and loose in turn three. Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig and the Aflac team tried several adjustments and strategies throughout the 317-mile race, but when the checkered flag flew he crossed the start/finish line in 17th position.
“It was a pretty tough day”, stated Edwards. “We’re ninth in points, which is good. Now we’ve just got to go to Dover and survive and do a good job to make it to the next round while still working on our cars. My crew did a good job. Jimmy Fennig did a good job. It was a tough race and just one little mistake you wreck, so it’s pretty crazy.”
Edwards entered New Hampshire in 12th place for the Challenger round, but was able to move up and off of the bubble three positions to ninth. He tied Matt Kenseth for eighth, but because of NASCAR’s rules for ties, he is placed ninth by the sanctioning body.
Edwards and the No. 99 team travel to Dover International Speedway next weekend for the AAA 400 on Sept. 28, 2014. Race coverage starts at 2:00 pm EST on ESPN and can also be heard on SIRIUS/XM Channel 90 and MRN.