Edwards Survives Late Race Cautions And Advances To The Eliminator Round of The Chase
TALLADEGA, Ala. (Oct. 19, 2014) – Talladega as advertised was truly a wildcard for the Sprint Cup Chase. It was a nail biting, white knuckled pack race that went virtually caution free for the first 100 laps, but as promised a barrage of late race cautions and two attempts at a green-white-checker produced the show that NASCAR and the fans were hoping to get. After the dust had settled, Edwards finished 21stand had survived the 194-lap race on the Superspeedway and advanced to the Eliminator round for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The points reset and all eight drivers are tied traveling into the next wildcard next week at Martinsville.
“We knew we couldn’t wreck and it ended up playing out exactly like we planned”, stated Edwards. “We stayed out of the wrecks and made it in, but that was nerve-wracking. Congratulations to Brad for getting another Ford into the next round. That’s awesome the way they stepped it up. For us, it’s awesome. We’ll just keep on trucking. We’re back tied for the points lead.”
Edwards started the race on the 2.66-mile oval from the 15th starting spot, but by the end of lap one eight of the Chase hopefuls including Edwards had settled in between the 30th-40th positions. Edwards had run between 21st and 40th for the majority of the race and reported a good handling and well balanced Subway Ford for all but a few laps when he heard a vibration on the right front around lap 80.
Three caution flags flew over the last 20 laps. Edwards was able to stay out of the late race crashes and secured a spot in the Eliminator round by crossing the finish line in the 21st spot.
Edwards and the No. 99 team travel to Martinsville Speedway next weekend. The race is set for Sunday, Oct. 26. Coverage will begin at 1:30 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.