Brooklyn, Mich. (June 13, 2010) – Michigan International Speedway is historically a great track for Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac team. In 11 previous starts there Edwards had only finished outside of the top 10 once, and it looked as though he would continue that streak today until a late-race caution brought the streak to an end. Edwards was in seventh place when the race restarted with 14 laps to go, but was shuffled back on the restart and eventually passed by a few cars with newer tires to finish the race in 12th place.
Edwards started the 200-lap race in 19th place. It did not take him long to move up through the field since he was in the top 10 within 20 laps. The first of only four cautions came on lap 20. The car was a bit loose so Edwards pitted for a slight air pressure adjustment. The Aflac crew had a quick 12.1-second pit stop which left Edwards in 10th for the restart on lap 23.
Within a few more laps he was up to eighth, but told the team the car was now a bit aero tight. Edwards was ninth when the second caution came on lap 49 for debris. This time after four tires and a track bar adjustment Edwards gained three positions on pit road to restart sixth on lap 52.
Edwards was good on the short run and moved up to fourth, his highest running position of the day. The car was better turning through the center of the corners, but still loose in and off the corners. He settled into sixth place for the next 25 laps until a green-flag stop on lap 90. He remained sixth once the field had cycled through the pits.
The third caution marked the halfway point of the race. Since their tires were only 10 laps old, crew chief Bob Osborne opted for only right-side tires which put Edwards in seventh place for the restart on lap 104.
Edwards remained seventh through the next long green-flag run. The crew made two more pit stops under green to help tighten up the Aflac Ford with the final one on lap 176. Edwards was poised for a top-10, if not a top-five finish until a caution was called for debris on lap 183. The team elected not to pit while some teams behind Edwards came to pit road for tires.
The race resumed on lap 187 with Edwards in seventh place. He was shuffled back on the restart and was 11th with 10 to go. Some of the cars behind him with fresher tires also got by which left Edwards in 12th place when he crossed the finish line.
Denny Hamlin won the race followed by Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart. Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Greg Biffle and Joey Logano rounded out the top 10.
“We had a sixth-place finish going there before NASCAR threw that caution to bunch up the field and that cost us at the end,” Edwards said. “I had a pretty strong car and Kasey had a strong car. That was the most competitive I have been for awhile and it felt good. Hopefully we can build on that for when we come back here soon. Man, I want to win a race here again so bad. We had a good day on pit road, I am proud of my team for that. We will move on and I really look forward to coming back here in August.”
Edwards and the No. 99 Aflac team fell one position to 10th place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 313 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. The next race will be Sunday, June 20 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Coverage will begin at 2:00 p.m. (ET) on TNT.
Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Results
Fastest Laps: 0
Laps in top 15: 199/200
Edwards’ 2010 Cumulative Record
Races: 15 of 36
Behind Leader: -313
Top 5s: 1
Top 10s: 6