DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2014) - Carl Edwards’ eighth start in the Sprint Unlimited was cut short tonight in a nine car pile-up during the race’s second segment resulting in a 13th-place finish. At lap 36 Edwards attempted to squeeze his Fastenal Ford through the wreck on the high side of the track but was unsuccessful in getting past the collision.
”This race is about aggression,” stated Edwards. “It’s about going out there and just keeping your foot down and racing hard and we all know that there is about a 50 percent chance that this could happen. It’s a shame to tear up a good race car, but I did have some fun and I learned a bunch for the 500. Our whole Fastenal team built a plan and part of it was to just go all-out in this race and do everything we could and, I’m telling you, I learned some things that could apply for that last lap and now we’ve got to get there and win it.”
The lineup, as voted on by the fans, was based on final practice times which placed Edwards in the seventh starting position for the 75-lap shootout. Starting in the bottom lane, the Fastenal Ford was shuffled back but Edwards slowly marched his way forward to the fifth-position when the yellow flag was displayed on lap 29 for a spin by the No. 48 machine ending the first segment.
A speedy pit stop by the No. 99 Blue Team under caution allowed the two-time NASCAR champion to restart the second segment in the fifth-position, but he eventually fell back through the field when the inside lane stalled.
As Edwards was maneuvering his Fastenal Ford to the front, two cars collided at the front of the pack creating a multi-car accident collecting Edwards resulting in a 13th-place finish.