TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 6, 2012) – Talladega Superspeedway is a track where anything can happen. Drivers and crews must be on their toes at all times and Sunday’s race was no exception. Carl Edwards was getting ready to make a green-flag pit stop when he was caught up in an accident caused by another car which ran out of fuel.
Edwards started the No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion in seventh place and ran with the lead pack early in the event. By lap 30 he dropped back to 24th and was content to ride for a portion of the race. There were few cautions in the first half of the race which forced the teams to make two green-flag pit stops on laps 60 and 101. The Fastenal Ford was good and the team made very few adjustments.
As Edwards was getting ready to make his third green-flap stop on lap 143, a car in front of him ran out of fuel which caused a 10-car pile-up and collected Edwards as collateral damage. Once the car was towed to the garage the Blue Team determined the damage was too extensive to repair. Edwards’ day was over with a 31st-place finish. It was his first DNF since April 2010.
Brad Keselowski won the race followed by Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle. Clint Bowyer, David Ragan, Trevor Bayne, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jeff Burton rounded out the top 10.
“It looked like guys were running out of fuel, and going down in there in turn three the guys in front of me stopped and it was just over,” Edwards said. “We got wrecked. This is Talladega. You come here and you just hope you make it through all that stuff. We have done a really good job the last couple years. When people run out of fuel like that – I don’t know if they miscalculated their fuel mileage or if they were stretching it but that was really tough. I probably should have just pulled out of line and gotten back when I noticed people were running out of fuel.
“We have had a lot better luck than this lately here. I was hoping it wouldn’t end up like this. It is too bad but we will just go race at Darlington next week.”
Edwards and the No. 99 team dropped two places to 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 78 points behind the leader, Greg Biffle. The next race will be Saturday, May 12 at Darlington Raceway. The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on FOX.