Edwards Takes Seventh in Rain-Shortened Pocono Race
LONG POND, PA -- Between two heavy rain storms at Pocono, just over half of a NASCAR race unfolded for the loyal fans in attendance. Carl Edwards did not have much time to work his way to the front before the rains came, but he made it up to seventh for this 10th top-10 finish of the season.
Edwards started in the 17th position but with the help of his Fastenal Blue Team, quickly drove into the top 10. The team made several adjustments on the car throughout the race as Edwards continued to report that his Ford Fusion was too loose in the turns.
Edwards was able to avoid a multi-car incident that unfolded right in front of him on lap 91 as storms loomed over turn three. The rain came before the restart and the race was called shortly after. Edwards was credited with a seventh-place finish.
Jeff Gordon won the race followed Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex, Jr., Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart. Ryan Newman, Edwards, Clint Bowyer, Regan Smith and Marcos Ambrose rounded out the top 10.
"We needed another restart," said Edwards. "It is too bad that the rain came when it did because we needed to keep racing. We had a really good car but got a poor restart on that last one which was the important start. The good news is that we were fast and Chad (Norris, crew chief) has done a really good job with the car and I am really looking forward to next week. I have never wanted to race so bad in my life. I want to be racing right now."
Edwards and the Blue Team are now 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 60 points behind 10th place. The next race will be Sunday, August 12 at the second road course of the season at Watkins Glen International. The race will begin at 12:00 p.m. (CT) on ESPN.