Chicago (September 16, 2013) – An ominous rain pattern brought a slim chance for the Geico 400 on Sunday at Chicagoland. After a five hour rain delay, the 400-mile race was squeezed in with green flag starting back up at 10 p.m. EST Sunday evening. Carl Edwards restarted the No. 99 Fastenal Ford in 16th place, but after finding the right track position was able to rally his Fastenal Ford to an 11th place finish.
“There are a couple of things I wish I could take back,” said Edwards. “I tried the high side one time and about five or six guys freight-trained me on the bottom. The last restart we all just kind of fought for the bottom and I had to check up or I was going to wreck Greg (Biffle). That got us. Other than that, the strategy I think was very good to have good tires at the end. Our car was as fast as anyone at the end. We needed things to fall a little better and I needed to make better decisions in our Fastenal Ford.”
Edwards started the night in eighth place and handling issues led to a shuffle back to 14th before the second pit stop. The Blue Team gave Edwards new tires and a wedge adjustment to send the Fastenal Ford back out 18th.
The field continued the race against the rain and Edwards was pushing from18th up to 16th when the red flag came out and weather delay began. When the race resumed, Edwards used the remaining 164 laps to get handling issues under control and ended the long night with an eleventh place finish.
“The rain delay was just what we needed,” Edwards continued. “We weren’t very good and it was good to regroup. The track changed a little and that played into our hands. It’s a lot like Atlanta. Once we go back to Kansas with a little more grip I think we will be really good.”
Edwards remains fifth in the Chase and will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the Sylvania 300 on Sunday, September 22nd at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN.