Charlotte, N.C. (October 14, 2013) – Carl Edwards had a strong car Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and came to the checkered flag with his 16th top-10 finish. Edwards finished the 500 mile race in tenth place and also bumped up to tenth in the series point’s standings.
“It was a long night. Congratulations to Brad for putting a Ford in Victory Lane,” said Edwards. “He did a good job, but we just struggled all night. We’re fortunate to finish 10th. It was really hard to pass, but not for everybody. Some people could make it happen, so I have to say that as far as how the tire drove and all that stuff, I’d say this was better and more fun to drive. This is my kind of race track.”
Edwards started the 337 lap event in 15th place but drove into the top 10 by lap 34. The Fastenal Ford was running tight on the bottom and pretty good the top runs all night with just a few adjustments needed throughout the race to keep up with the changing track conditions.
By halfway Edwards was in seventh place, but when a caution came on lap 171 the Blue Team quickly gave Edwards four tires and a wedge adjustment to send him back out in sixth place.
Edwards moved up to fifth at the restart but the wedge adjustment proved to be ineffective as the No. 99 fell back to 11th by lap 202. When the green flag stops began on lap 227, Edwards brought his Fastenal Ford back onto pit road and reversed the previous changes. The adjustments proved to be better and Edwards was sitting back in tenth before the checkered flag drew.
Keselowski won the race followed by Kasey Kahne, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, and Kyle Busch. Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Denny Hamlin and Edwards, rounded out the top 10.
Edwards and the No. 99 team are now tenth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. The next race will be Sunday, October 20 at Talladega Superspeedway. The race will begin at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN.