Dover, Del. (June 3, 2013) – Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Subway Ford team returned to Dover International Speedway with high hopes at one of their best performing tracks, but a long afternoon of handling issues thwarted the teams effort. Edwards still managed to bring home a respectable 14th-place finish at the Monster Mile.
“We just all struggled and I think there is some systematic problem with our car,” said Edwards. “It is good that we all went the same speed so that at least we know. When three different groups run the same speed and it is not fast enough, it means that we are doing a good job making the car as fast as it can go, but it is up to all of us now to identify exactly where we are missing it.”
Edwards qualified in the18th starting position and consistently ran on par for the first half of the race. Edwards vocalized the car was free-in, free-off and just too tight in the center. The No. 99 team made chassis adjustments most of the day, trying to gain momentum on the longer runs.
When the fifth caution of the day fell, crew chief Jimmy Fennig instructed Edwards to stay out and gain valuable track position, but was unable to maintain his position before the eighth and final restart, leaving Edwards with a 14th place finish.
“As an organization we are all performing at the same level, we just have to figure out how to get the whole organization moved up, and we will. Everyone is conscious of the issue and we are all working together. Nobody is freaking out. That is what we have to do. We have time before the Chase starts. Now it is just time to buckle down and work.”
Edwards and his team will return for the Party in the Poconos 400 on Sunday, June 9th at 1 p.m. EST on TNT.