Edwards Survives Wild Race at the Tricky Triangle
LONG POND, Pa. (Aug. 3, 2014) – Carl Edwards battled back from an incident in Friday’s qualifying session, to move his No. 99 Fastenal Ford inside the top 10 in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway. However his Ford sustained substantial damage as he attempted to avoid a massive 13-car wreck on lap 117 of the 160-lap event. The No. 99 team had to take the car to the garage for extensive repairs, with Edwards returning to finish the race 29th; three laps down.
Edwards’ return trip to the Pocono Mountains and his second visit to Pocono Raceway in 2014, proved eventful. The Fastenal driver brushed the wall during qualifying on Friday, forcing the Fastenal Blue Team into action to make extensive repairs to the Ford’s right rear. Edwards was able to drive his primary car in the race and start in his earned 26th position.
Once the green flag fell, Edwards stayed out during the first and second cautions and gained valuable track position. He pitted during the third caution for 4 tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment moving up to 17th when racing resumed.
Edwards had raced his way up to 10th following the 4th caution. The 99 crew continued to make adjustments to correct a free condition throughout the race.
On lap 117 the huge wreck occurred, involving 13 cars. Edwards missed the wreck, but damaged the undercarriage while avoiding the wreck. Crew chief Jimmy Fennig advised Edwards to head to the garage for repairs. The Fastenal team jumped into action replacing the drive shaft and making other repairs and were able to get the 99 Fusion back out on the track only going three laps down. The race went green on lap 127 and Edwards was in 30th.
Edwards was able to maintain his track position during two more cautions and the remainder of the race. When the checkered flag flew he was scored in 29th position.
Edwards heads to Watkins Glen next week in the No. 99 Cheez-it Ford Fusion where he plans on capturing his second road course win of 2014 at the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Coverage of the race begins Sunday, August 10th at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN.