Richmond, Va. (April 29, 2013) – In nothing less than a dramatic Sprint Cup ending, Carl Edwards held strong with a sixth-place finish after the final caution of the day drew with only six laps remaining ,vaulting him to second place in the points standings going into next weekend’s race in Talladega.
“Yeah, that is what this race and sport is supposed to be about,” said Edwards. “It is supposed to be a battle of crew chiefs and strategy and Jeff Burton stayed out and held on with no tires and we had two tires and I was three wide in turn one and Harvick goes by on four tires. That is exciting and I am really happy with the tire and race track and I think it bodes well for the rest of the season with this Gen 6 car.”
Edwards began the night in 28th-place but revealed the strength of the No. 99 Geek Squad Ford as he remained steady and climbed the field the first half of the race. In the beginning, Edwards was concerned with what the front of the car was doing, as his main feedback was that the front was “numb” and wasn’t able to feel the grip on the front end of the car.
Midway through the race Edwards was sitting in 11th-place and powered through to third-place upon a quick 20 laps. Edwards once again was able to gain another spot, climbing to second place as the race saw the last 100 laps. Unfortunately, with several cautions throughout the night, strategy on the ninth restart did not prove favorable and the No. 99 was shuffled back to 10th place.
Determined to muscle through the pack once again, Edwards took the No. 99 Geek Squad Ford back to the top and was looking at an eighth-place finish when the final caution went out with only six laps remaining. With one last chance to gain track position on the restart, Edwards was moved up to fourth place when the green flag dropped and although was shuffled once again, finished strong in sixth-place as the checkered flag drew.
“At a track like this track position is so important and we saw that at the end there,” Edwards continued. “All in all it was a great night and we had a fast race car and some really hard racing. I had a blast and the middle 50-percent of the race or so was about as much fun as I’ve ever had at Richmond.”
Edwards returns to the second superspeedway of the season for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, May 5th at 1 p.m. on FOX.