Carl Edwards wrecked out of the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a large crash during a restart with 10 laps to go in the Sprint Cup season finale.
Edwards, a Chase driver, was attempting to block fellow Chaser Joey Logano as the field neared Turn 1 when Edwards was turned and slammed nose-first into the inside wall.
Edwards then shot up the track and was rammed by Kasey Kahne as cars began piling into them. The collision with Kahne sent Edwards’ car momentarily airborne before landing on all four tires.
“I think (the blame) was shared, I think it was just racing,” Edwards told NBC Sports. “First of all, that was the race of my life up until that point. That was a lot of fun. Joey was so good on the short run. I don’t know how he got that restart, it was a really good restart. I thought everything was going to work out … I just pushed the issue because I figured that was the race there. Joey just timed it perfectly, I could feel him a little. I thought I would clear him or force him to lift. I thought I would just a have a bit more time.”
After climbing out of the No. 19, Edwards walked all the way to the No. 22 pit stall to wish the team good luck with the rest of the race.
Also involved in the wreck were Ryan Newman, Regan Smith, Brad Keselowski, Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon.
Truex had to quickly escape the No. 78 as it was engulfed in flames.
The accident caused the race to be red flagged for 31 minutes and nine seconds.
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.