Kansas City, Kan. (October 22, 2012) – There is no bigger race on the Sprint Cup scheduled for Carl Edwards than Kansas. Born and raised just 130 miles away in Columbia, Mo., Edwards considers Kansas his home track. His and the No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team’s goal was to end the day in victory lane, but instead today they had to settle for a 14th-place finish.
The teams came to Kansas a day-and-a-half early to test before the race weekend due to the new track surface. They were happy with the test and the practice session leading up to qualifying on Friday. Edwards was too tight on his qualifying lap which resulted in a 17th-place starting position for Sunday.
The Fastenal Ford was pretty good early in the race and Edwards moved up to 10th by lap 93. Bad luck nearly struck on lap 121 when he was in for a green-flag pit stop as the caution came out, one of 14 cautions during the race. Luckily he was able to take the wave around and remain on the lead lap, although he was back in 27th place.
After several more cautions and varying pit strategies Edwards was back up to ninth place on lap 189. The team made its final pit stop under caution for right-side tires and enough fuel to go the distance on lap 218. He was 10th when the race resumed on lap 223.
On the final run the Fastenal Ford was very loose. Edwards struggled to stay out of trouble for the remainder of the race and fell back to 14th by the time the checkered flag flew.
RFR teammate Matt Kenseth won the race followed by Martin Truex Jr., Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart. Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top 10.
“That was disappointing for sure,” Edwards said. “We had a good run at Charlotte last week and were hoping to carry that momentum to Kansas. The car was just too loose at the end and we lost track position after that final stop.”
Edwards and the No. 99 team moved up to 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. The next race will be Sunday, October 28 at Martinsville Speedway. The race will begin at 1:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.