October 8, 2012 8:53 AM

Early Accident Leaves Edwards 36th at Talladega

Talladega, Ala. (October 7, 2012) –  Racing at Talladega SuperSpeedway takes skill and nerves of steel, but it also involves a certain amount of luck.  Carl Edwards did not have luck on his side Sunday when he was caught up in an accident only 18 laps into the 188-lap race, which left him in 36th place by the end.

Edwards started seventh and planned to get to the front and stay up there.  Racing at Talladega involves a lot of give and take when it comes to drafting.  Edwards was on the bottom line early and got shuffled back a bit.  On lap 17 Casey Mears tapped Cole Whitt who got loose and came down hitting Edwards in the rear quarterpanel.  The contact sent Edwards up the track and into the wall. 

He drove to pit road for the Subway team to assess the damage to the car.  There was significant damage to the rear so the team had to cut away some sheet metal to make sure there would be no tire rubs or metal hanging off the car.  Edwards was able to return to the race but was back in 39th place, four laps down.

Edwards completed the rest of the race, but was forced to pit under green again later for a tire rub which cost him more laps on the track.  On the final lap of the race he was able to dodge a 25-car pile-up to finish the race in 36th place, 10 laps down.

RFR teammate Matt Kenseth won the race followed by Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, David Ragan and Regan Smith.  Greg Biffle, Brad Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Ryan Newman and Jeff Burton rounded out the top 10.

“Today was disappointing, but we can’t hang our heads over it,” Edwards said.  “Our Subway Ford was fast but unfortunately we got caught up in a wreck early which ruined our day.  Talladega is tough because things like this happen often there and it’s easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.  We’ll head to Charlotte next weekend and hopefully have a strong run there.”

Edwards and the No. 99 team fell to 15th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings.  The next race will be Saturday, October 13 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

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