Bristol, Tenn. (August 25, 2013) – Carl Edwards came to Bristol Motor Speedway, hoping to get his third win at the .0533-mile track, and the second of the 2013 season. Edwards ran his No. 99 Fastenal Ford up front for 119 laps but was suddenly taken away from his hopes at victory lane when mechanical issues ended his night with only 113 laps remaining.
“I didn’t have any warning. I’ve just got to thank all the guys. That’s the most fun I’ve had in a race car in a long time,” said Edwards. “Jimmy did a great job. The car was almost perfect and the engine ran awesome until it broke. We had great pit stops and I think we’ve got some good things to get forward to. I think we were the dominant car here tonight. We’ve got some good races coming up.”
Edwards started the night in third place and quickly shot up to the front runner by 77 laps in. A yellow flag shortly after taking the lead came out and Fennig brought Edwards in for four tires and an air pressure adjustment after he was concerned with the car handling too loose. He came out in seventh place after the competition stayed out, but quickly redeemed track position and was up to second place by lap 165.
Just as the No.99 Ford Fusion took the lead, a yellow was thrown and Edwards came in again for more tires and chassis adjustments. Edwards floated in the top five for the next 90 laps and was back in the lead when the seventh caution of the night was thrown. Edwards had the No. 99 Fastenal Ford looking at victory lane until a caution on lap 375 lead to mechanical issues and Edwards knew his car was in jeopardy.
“We had a great car, probably the best car we’ve had in a long time. The pit crew was great. Our strategy was good. The restarts were great. If we run like that the rest of the year it’s going to be awesome. We’re gonna be good. We’re in a position right now we said we’d go for it. We were going to win that one.”
The No. 99 team returns to the track on Labor Day weekend for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN.