Edwards and the No. 99 Team Fight Hard in Kentucky
June 30, 2014SPARTA, Ky. (June 28, 2014) – Carl Edwards went into Bluegrass Country with two things in mind; give UPS a big sendoff for their last race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and win the triple crown for Kentucky Speedway. Edwards is a past winner in the Truck and Nationwide Series in Kentucky, but has yet to get a Sprint Cup Victory there. The No. 99 UPS Team started from the 23rd position and fought hard under the lights at a hot and humid Kentucky Speedway to overcome a very tight condition in turns one and two and a very loose condition in turn three. While Edwards did flirt with going a lap down, the UPS team - through pure fight and determination - was not only able to stay on the lead lap and climb to 14th, but earn a 17th-place finish when the checkered flag flew.
Great pit stops by the UPS crew combined with good play calling from crew chief Jimmy Fennig kept Edwards in fighting position. They made major air and track-bar adjustments throughout the 267-lap race to give their UPS Ford their highest position of the night - 14th at the halfway point of the race.
Edwards and his UPS crew kept tweaking and adjusting over the second half of the race with more of the same adjustments, sticking with a four tire plan while producing some of their fastest times and staying in the teens.
On the final restart Edwards was in 24th, but was able to power is No. 99 UPS Ford to 17th when he crossed the start/finish line on the 1.5-mile oval in Sparta, Kentucky.
Next up for Edwards and the No. 99 team, they return to Daytona International Speedway and prominently display the Subway colors on Saturday, July 5. Race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT. Coverage can also be heard on MRN and SIRIUS/XM radio channel 90.