Edwards’ victory leads a pair of Roush Fenway Fords in top 10 at Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2014) – Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards used a combination of speed, muscle and pit strategy to drive his No. 99 AFLAC Ford to victory lane in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) road course race at Sonoma Raceway. Edwards and crew chief Jimmy Fennig stuck to their guns on a two-stop strategy that saw Edwards ultimately take the lead with 26 laps to go and drive away from the field. He would ultimately hold off a late charge from Jeff Gordon to claim his second victory of 2014.
“It means a lot to me – a lot,” said Edwards. “ My road racing progression - it’s been a pretty long climb from when Jack (Roush) let Boris come to VIR – the two-seater – and basically we ran off in the dirt a bunch all day and Boris taught me all the basics of road racing.
“To be able to come here and win this race 10 years later is really special, so a lot of hard work has gone into this and to be locked in the Chase is huge. Now we can focus really hard on our program for the final 10 races.”
Greg Biffle turned in a solid ninth-place finish in the race, while Ricky Stenhoue Jr. finished 31st after a late spin.
“This is probably more about the driver than aero,” said Biffle. “But it was good to get a positive result and now we’ll see how we can do next week at Kentucky.”
“Carl was able to win today because Jimmy had him in a fast car and Carl was motivated and able, and Jimmy stopped him on lap 70 and got him good track position and it all came together,” said team co-owner Jack Roush.
The win is Roush Fenway’s 14th NASCAR road course victory and its fifth in the NSCS. It is Roush Fenway’s second win at Sonoma.
The victory marks Roush Fenway’s record-extending 317th NASCAR victory. It is the 23rd NSCS victory of Edwards career.