Ft. Worth, Texas. (April 14, 2013) – Carl Edwards, with the help of the No. 99 Blue Team, topped off his 17th Sprint Cup start at Texas Motor Speedway with a solid third-place finish, despite enduring multiple chassis difficulties and moved up two positions in the series point’s standings to fifth.
“It was pretty eventful,” said Edwards. “We had a very, very long night.”
The Missouri native was confident going into tonight’s race with a ninth-place starting position. As the sun set in Ft. Worth, Edwards was hopeful that cooler conditions would improve the Fastenal Ford’s track grip. Although starting strong, Edwards quickly endured the first of many obstacles when what Edwards thought was a bad set of tires caused the team to lose significant track position, falling back to 28th by lap 124.
For much of 500-mile race the Blue Team remained challenged with constant tweaks as the first 200 laps showed a bad set of tires and unfavorable chassis adjustments. However, the team was able to muscle through and the hard work would soon pay off as the race neared the last 120 laps.
With 50 laps to go, the No. 99 caught a lucky break as the third caution flag was displayed bumping Edwards up into the 11th-position as many cars pitted under green for their scheduled pit-stops.
“I almost pulled in because I was so wrecking loose that I thought it might be better to just pull in and lose a lap or two to get it fixed, but, fortunately, we stayed out and we stayed on the lead lap,” Edwards continued. “We adjusted more things tonight. We pulled shims and put more rounds everywhere than I think I’ve ever done in a race and had a good pit strategy and, fortunately, we came home third. That’s a gift for us. I know Martin is not happy with second, but I’m real happy with third.”
A quick stop sent the No. 99 Fastenal Ford off pit-road in sixth position and Edwards moved up one more position upon the restart. With only 21 laps remaining, the sixth and final caution gave Edwards one more chance to reap the rewards of the team’s hard work, as he was able to cross the finish line with a third place finale.
The No. 99 returns to the track for the STP 400 at Kanas Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 22nd at 1 p.m. EST of FOX.