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September 3, 2013 4:54 PM

Edwards Clinches Chase in Atlanta

Atlanta (September 3, 2013) – Carl Edwards had one of the strongest cars of the night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Edwards led a total of 68 laps and ran in the top three spots before unexpected handling issues tampered with Edwards’ hopes of victory lane. Edwards finished the No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion in 18th-place and clinched his spot in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase.

“It started out so good and I thought we could win the race, and then at the end it was too tight, so we’ve got to work on some stuff,” said Edwards.  “It’s nice going to Richmond without having to worry about the Chase. I thought we had the fastest car on the long run in the spring.  I thought we had the fastest car in the fall last year and almost won it, so we want to go get another win.”

Early in the night, Edwards shot from a second place starting position and quickly was the runner of the pack by lap 40. The No. 99 Subway Ford experienced handling issues early on in the night, as Edwards expressed it was just too tight at times.

On lap 25 a competition caution was out and Edwards got four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. The No. 99 team consistently worked on handling adjustments to keep Edwards running in the top three until a caution came out on lap 205 and changed the outlook of the night.

At the time of the flag, the No. 22 and No. 99 were running first and second when they decided to take a gamble by staying out while most of the field came in for new tires. Logano’s risk paid off while the No. 99 started seeing more handling issues and dropped back to 22nd place.

Edwards and his crew used the next three cautions to work on getting the No. 99 Subway Ford back to the top. When the checkered flag waved, Edwards came to an 18th place final position.

“Our plan was to go win Bristol, this one and Richmond.  We were really close at Bristol and I thought we were gonna be good here, so I guess we’ll just have a shot at Richmond,” Edwards continued.

Coverage of Saturday’s Federated Auto Parts 400 begins at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

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