Fort Worth, Texas. (November 4, 2013) – Carl Edwards has three NASCAR Sprint Cup wins at Texas Motor Speedway but he was not able to add to that total today. Edwards started from the pole but the Aflac Ford did not handle well enough to stay up front and at lap 168 a malfunction with the motor caused Edwards to settle for 37th place.
“I feel bad for everyone at Aflac. We had such a great weekend going.” said Edwards. “The car, during the middle part of the race we were struggling but we were starting to get it worked out. Aflac has coverage for just about everything but I don’t think they cover sick engines which is too bad. We will just go on to Phoenix and hopefully get another win there and go to Homestead. We gotta get in the top-10 so we can go to Vegas one way or another.”
Edwards started the weekend strong, snagging his second pole of the season and keeping his No. 99 Aflac Ford leading 38 laps of the race. From the start, Edwards expressed troubles with grip in the right rear so the team made air pressure adjustments on the first stop under caution.
The Ford came off pit road back in first place but was handling too loose over the next 40 laps and came in again under caution on lap 57. The No. 99 team gave Edwards a wedge adjustment and fresh tires and sent the Aflac Ford back out in first before the restart.
By lap 97, the Ford Fusion was still feeling too loose in and off, and Edwards suggested pulling the left front shim. After coming in under green on lap 121, the team gave the Aflac Ford fresh tires, a wedge adjustment and pulled the shim. Edwards went back out in tenth but didn’t gain much track position before debris was shuffled under the car and motor issues became apparent.
“I think a valve spring broke and they couldn’t get the spark plug out or anything so it beat up the cylinder pretty bad. We don’t usually have a lot of engine trouble. Doug Yates and the guys at Roush Yates Engines build great engines.”
Jimmie Johnson won the race followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Joey Logano, Matt Kenseth and Kasey Kahne. Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top 10.
Edwards and the No. 99 team are now 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. The next race will be Sunday, November 10th at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will begin at 3 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.