Kansas City, Kan. (October 7, 2013) – In the No. 99 Fastenal Ford, Carl Edwards had his 13th start at Kansas Speedway and determined to land his first Sprint Cup win at his home track. The No. 99 team spend most of the 267 lap race tweaking reoccurring handling adjustments they have experienced for much of the season, and through the hard work of the Blue Team and Edwards’ determination, landed his ninth top-five finish.
“Well, I don’t know if we actually deserved to finish that well as much as I wanted to finish better than that. Holy moly that track is tough. In my opinion that Goodyear dual zone tire is awesome technology and it worked great in the test when it was about 25 degrees warmer but I didn’t see any rubber on the race track today. I think the conditions changed and we went into an unknown area and didn’t know the tire would act that way. It was treacherous, I mean death-defying every time you went into the corner on a run. It is tough to be racing for points when you have those kinds of restarts.”
Out of the gate Edwards was sitting ninth and kept his No. 99 Fastenal Ford around tenth place when the first yellow flag pit stop came in on lap 43. Pit strategy was essential to the Hollywood Casino 400 and The Blue Team gave Edwards four tires and a track bar adjustment to help loose handling conditions. By lap 124 Edwards expressed the car was feeling much better, but the team was focused on getting the left front shim out and Fennig was waiting out with strategy in mind.
On the fifth pit stop, Edwards had the team pull the left front shim and took four tires while others took two, sending him back to 21st. Fennig knew Edwards would have his chance to work on track position with at least another one hundred laps to go.
Edwards said the car was feeling “pretty decent” and the team went at the left front shim once more on lap 188 and he came out 27th. A final pit stop on lap 227 is where Fennig’s strategy played off when Edwards came off pit road fifth. A final restart on lap 248 shuffled him back to sixth, but Edwards was able to gain one more track position and claimed a fifth place finish at the checkered flag.
Edwards sits 11th in the points standings going into the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coverage of the race begins at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.