Loudon, N.H. (September 23, 2013) – Carl Edwards showed up for the weekend sitting fifth in the Chase and looking to make his first win at Loudon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. After an undesirable qualifying position and decent practice times, Edwards rebounded in the 300-mile race at the 1-mile track and took his No. 99 Aflac Ford to a solid ninth place finish, bumping him up to fourth in the series points’ standings.
“I’m pleasantly surprised. Obviously, we want to be better than that, but we had one run where we got too loose and I went way back, but Jimmy made good calls and the guys did a good job with the car,” said Edwards. “At the end, if there were another 100 laps in this thing, I think we could have been up there with Greg, so I was pretty proud of the effort.”
Historically, Edwards has had some struggles conquering the flat 1-mile track and started the day from 26th place. From the start the Aflac Ford was a little tight center and starting to get a little loose off by lap 23, but was still making its way up to 18th by the first pit stop.
Pit stop strategy was vital in the Sylvania 300 and Jimmy Fennig put the No. 99 team to work. Edwards received air pressure and track bar adjustments, two tires and fuel before heading out of pit road and shot up to 12th place by lap 61.
Edwards expressed the balance of his Ford felt the best yet as he approached lap 137 and was sitting just inside the top ten. After the fifth pit stop, Edwards took four tires only and was in eleventh. He was able to send his No. 99 Aflac Ford up two more spots before the checkered flag, meanwhile RFR teammate Greg Biffle delivered a third place finish.
“Yeah, a top 10 and with Greg running well, that’s good,” Edwards continued. “That’s very positive and makes me a little excited about Martinsville. We could have had a lot worse day. Obviously, we want to be better than that, but that’s not bad.”
The No. 99 team will return for the third race of the Chase at Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 at 2 p.m. EST on ESPN.