Kansas City, KS. (April 21st, 2013) – Carl Edwards arrived at Kansas Speedway today determined for a home track win. Edwards led the race for almost 20 laps but his hopes were brought to an unlucky close after a final green flag pit stop was quickly followed by an untimely caution, causing Edwards to settle for a 17th-place finish.
“That was very disappointing for our whole team because we had such a fast car and then the sun came out and we were not in good shape,” said Edwards. “The handling went away big-time.”
The No. 99 revealed its top speeds and endurance as Edwards hung onto his second-place starting position for 40 laps into the race. Edwards had some concerns about the car being too tight into turns one and two and alright into three and four. The No. 99 crew worked through the first five pit stops on track bar and air pressure adjustments to help Edwards maintain a competitive edge.
Seven cautions came and went but it wasn’t until the eighth caution of the day when the playing field changed dramatically. Edwards brought the No. 99 Aflac Ford onto pit road for more chassis adjustments under a green-flag stop when shortly thereafter, the last caution went out. Since the remainder of the field had not yet come in to pit, the No. 99 got the unlucky end of the deal and was sent back to 23rd on the restart.
“I thought we were fast and then we had our strategy set up to rely on the caution not coming out, but the caution came out and I think that pretty much ruined it for all the Roush Fenway cars,” Edwards continued.
Although Edwards endured an unfavorable end of the pit-stop cycle, the No. 99 Aflac Ford was undeniably one of the fastest cars on track for the STP 400 and was able to push forward six spots before the checkered flag flew.
“I’ve got to thank Ricky Stenhouse. I was holding him off and I slid up in front of him and he could have wrecked me, but he didn’t. I was in denial about my car at that point. The cool thing is we had fast race cars and there were points in the race where I think we had the fastest cars. We’ll just move on, but I’m glad we get to come back here in the fall.”
Going into the weekend, Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush vowed to donate $100 for every lap led by one of RFR’s cars in today’s STP 400. The No. 99 and teammate Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the No. 17 Best Buy Ford together led 45 laps in today’s race, accumulating $4500 in donations to www.OneFundBoston.org
Edwards will return to the track on Saturday, April 27th at Richmond International Raceway in the No. 99 Geek Squad Ford. Coverage of the Toyota Owners 400 begins at 7 p.m. EST on FOX.