Watkins Glen, N.Y. (August 12, 2013) – Driving his No. 99 Cheez-It Ford in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Edwards arrived to Watkins Glen International today hoping to repeat his 2012 Nationwide series win. The Missouri-native lined up 16th to start and landed his seventh top-five finish, taking his Ford Fusion to a fourth place finish at the checkered flag.
“I wish we raced here more than once a year. This is a lot of fun,” said Edwards. “It’s a great race track. I pushed Brad the restart before that because I couldn’t get to the inside of him, but that restart a hole opened up and I went to the inside. In hindsight, if I had known we were gonna finish fourth I’d have rather pushed a Ford up there to try to beat Kyle, but it was still a great race and a lot of fun. I love racing here. Kyle and Brad put on a heckuva show. That was neat to watch.”
The 2.45-mile road course puts drivers’ skills to the test and the 200-mile race endured eight cautions through its entirety. Edwards marched up through the field quickly moving from his 16th-place starting position to the edge of the top-10 before the first green-flag stop.
The Cheez-It team gave Edwards fresh tires, fuel and a track bar adjustment to send him on his way. After the adjustments, Edwards expressed his No. 99 Cheez-It Ford was feeling loose into the right of turn two, tight to the left and loose off of the last corner.
After a multi-car wreck on lap 41 caused a prolonged red flag to come out, Edwards came in for his second and final pit stop of the day just before the next caution on lap 58. Edwards benefited from the timing and was set up to restart in sixth place with less than 30 laps remaining.
After numerous late race cautions, the No. 18, 2 and 56 lined up ahead of Edwards with two laps remaining. Edwards drove his No. 99 Cheez-It Ford to a fourth place finish.
“It’s all on those restarts,” Edwards continued. “You had to get a good restart and on that last one Brad got a better start and so did Clint. I tried to pull down underneath Brad to get to second and I just couldn’t clear Clint, but it was an awesome day. I wish we could have won it for Cheez-It.”
Edwards remains third in the series points’ standing going into next weekend’s Pure Michigan 400. Coverage of the race starts at 12 p.m. EST on ESPN.