Indianapolis, Ind. (July 29, 2013) – Carl Edwards and the Roush Fenway Racing team returned to the famed and historic track of Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the Samuel Deeds 400 presented by Crown Royal. Edwards, who had his second best Sprint Cup start at IMS today in third place, kept his No. 99 Fastenal Ford in his starting position for much of the 400 mile race. A tough restart on lap 86 shuffled Edwards back to 18th, but he still managed to get his Fastenal Ford back up for a 13th-place finish as the checkered flag waved.
“The early part of the race went real well,” said Edwards. “We had track position. This whole event track position was key. I am proud of my guys. They brought a really good race car but we just really struggled on some parts of the track that we don’t normally struggle on.”
Cooler than normal temperatures kicked of the 400 mile race and shortly after the green flag waved, Edwards in the No. 99 Fastenal Ford was pushing at third place. Right away, Edwards reported to crew chief Jimmy Fennig that the Ford was feeling tight and debris on the grill had to be removed by the first green flag stop on lap 27.
Edwards went back out remaining in third and maneuvered his way up to second place before the second caution was thrown. A difficult restart proved tricky when the field went four wide and Edwards was shuffled back to 18th. After the setback on the restart, Edwards was dealing with chassis adjustments for the second half of the race while trying to regain track position before the final laps at the Brickyard.
Last minute strategy was the name of the game as half the field came in to pit under caution with only 47 laps remaining. Crew chief Jimmy Fennig instructed Edwards to stay out in order to gain track position, and the strategy played out well as Edwards slid to a 13th-place finish at the checkered flag.
“It was very difficult for me to pass people,” Edwards continued. “We lost our track position on the restart and Tony made it four wide. I made the decision to not go down there and wreck everybody and that cost us a lot of track position. We made it back to 13th.
Indiana native Ryan Newman landed his No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevy in victory lane while Johnson, Kahne, Stewart and Kenseth rounded out the rest of the top five. Edwards remains third in the series points’ standing and will head to Pocono Raceway for the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday, August 4th at 1 p.m. EST on ESPN.