Sunday, May 20, 2012

CUP: Edwards’ 2011 All-Star Win Book-ended By Two Last-Place Finishes

Carl Edwards finished last in Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #99 Fastenal Ford suffered an engine failure after 25 of the race’s 90 laps.
Edwards, the defending winner of the event, qualified 13th in the 23-car field. He was running with the leaders during Segment 2 when his engine exploded entering turn one, causing a small fire underneath the right-front of his car. Edwards, uninjured, then participated in the play-by-play broadcast on SPEED.

*This is Edwards’ second last-place finish in the last three All-Star Races surrounding his win in the 2011 event. In 2010, Edwards’ #99 Aflac Ford was involved in a multi-car accident at the start of the final ten-lap segment.
*The only other drivers to finish last in more than All-Star Race are Kyle Petty (1989, 1993), Greg Sacks (1986, 1988), and Rusty Wallace (1990, 2002).

23) #99-Carl Edwards / 25 laps / engine
22) #16-Greg Biffle / 67 laps / engine
21) #55-Mark Martin / 90 laps / running
20) #11-Denny Hamlin / 90 laps / running / led 16 laps
19) #47-Bobby Labonte / 90 laps / running

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