DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2014) – Roush Fenway Racing (RFR) had high hopes moving into Saturday night’s NASCAR season-opening Sprint Unlimited all-star event, but a multi-car accident on lap 35 claimed both RFR entries. The Ford Fusions of both Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. sustained severe damage in the accident that ended the night for 11 of the race’s 21 entries.
Edwards would post a finish of 13th, while Stenhouse was scored 15th in the final rundown. Both cars had run inside the top five during the race, but were forced to the garage after the accident.
“I didn’t see anything from the time it started to the time it ended,” said Stenhouse, who made his first career start in the event. “I couldn’t see, couldn’t turn and just really destroyed our Nationwide Insurance Ford.”
“This whole thing leads up to the last lap of the Daytona 500,” said Edwards. “That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to win the Daytona 500. Our whole Fastenal team built a plan and part of it was to just go all-out in this race and do everything we could and, I’m telling you, I learned some things that could apply for that last lap and now we’ve got to get there and win it.”
NASCAR and the Sprint Cup Series return to action tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 16) for Daytona 500 pole day. Greg Biffle, Edwards and Stenhouse will go out 33rd, 43rd and 36th. RFR driver Trevor Bayne, driving the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford, goes out 10th.
Daytona 500 qualifying is set for 1 p.m. ET and will be televised live on FOX. The session will determine the front row of the 500, as well as starting positions for Thursday’s Budweiser Duels.
RFR has won the Daytona 500 pole on two occasions with Biffle taking the first position in 2004 and Carl Edwards winning the pole in 2012. RFR swept the front row for the 500 in that years with Biffle qualifying second.