Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:27 pm
Edwards wrecks another race car at Daytona
By MARK LONGAP Sports Writer
Edwards crashed in the first of two qualifying races for the Daytona 500 on Thursday, his third accident of Speedweeks and his fourth in 2013.
Edwards totaled his No. 99 Ford after Denny Hamlin lost control and clipped his rear bumper. Edwards slammed into the wall and spun back across the famed track.
He finished 22nd in the 23-car field, the latest disappointment in a season already filled with them.
Edwards was caught up in a crash during testing at Daytona in January, involved in a melee during practice for the exhibition Sprint Unlimited and was tagged and turned by Ryan Newman in practice Wednesday.
None of them was his fault.
"That is the fourth time we have wrecked since we have been down here," Edwards said. "We have the black flag already and the race hasn't even started. We are getting it out of our systems. Fortunately we have a really good group of guys and have a good backup car, which is our (Unlimited) car.
"We will just go get `em in the 500. I learned a lot. If we can just have a little luck, I would not count our 99 team out. It will be a good race for us."
Edwards' crew will get its Unlimited car, which finished 12th last week, ready for Sunday's Daytona 500.
Edwards is trying to put a positive spin on the situation, pointing out that he was on the pole for the 2012 Daytona 500 and a qualifying race but failed to win either. He also finished 15th in points, his lowest since his rookie season in 2004.
"Well, we started it perfectly last year. We won the pole and everything was going smoothly and it was a terrible year," Edwards said. "Hopefully this is a sign that this will be a great year. This is the worst Speedweeks start I have ever had. I don't think I have crashed this many race cars in two years."