Dover, D.E. (September 29, 2013) – Carl Edwards started the 400-mile race at Dover International Speedway in fourth place and was looking to claim his second Sprint Cup victory at the Monster Mile. After hovering over the top-10 for the first half of the race, Edwards and the team experienced handling issues that were tough to manage and an untimely left rear wheel problem left him with a 35th place finish for the day.
“Our plan was to get off-sequence at the end and I thought we might have a shot at making a top-three or four out of it, but something broke in the left-rear,” said Edwards. “I don’t know what it was, but I don’t think it was any fault of my guys. They did a great job. Jimmy did a great job working hard on it all day, but we just weren’t fast. We needed to hang on for a solid finish and something broke, so that’s tough.”
Edwards started out of the gate strong, moving up to second place but moved back to eighth after pit strategy gave the top five cars an advantage over the team. For the next 73 laps Edwards stayed in the top ten and then had a green-flag stop on lap 115. The Blue Team jumped into action with four tires, fuel and air to help fix a tight in center condition.
Edwards struggled with handling and dropped back to 16th by lap 188. After another hundred laps Edwards was optimistic that the car was handling much better but at lap 376 he reported a problem with the left rear wheel and the No. 99 Fastenal Ford was forced to take a 35th place finish.
“Overall, we gave it the best effort we could,” Edwards continued. “Greg hung on and got a decent finish, but we’ve really got to step it up now to have a chance. We did not need to have that trouble, but there’s a lot of racing left. We don’t quit. We just have to keep moving. We struggled all day.