HOMESTEAD, Fla – The championship for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series was about to be set. 10 laps were left in the race, and all four Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers restarting the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale in the top six of the running order.
Carl Edwards had the best, most dominating car out of the four of them all day and was restarting the race in second place. If not for a caution with 15 to go, Edwards would have been our champion as he passed his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with 25 laps-to-go for second place on the track and first place in the Chase. The Missouri native then pulled away as the title was his.
But, a caution came out and the field came down pit road for the final time. Edwards’ crew got him out first.
On the restart, everyone was as intense as ever. Edwards went low to block Logano on the front stretch, but Logano didn’t let up causing Edwards’ No. 19 Toyota to slam head first into the inside wall and then violently spin back onto the race track where he was hit by several cars before coming to a rest in Turn 1.
“I think it was just racing,” Edwards said after the crash. “First off all that was the race of my life. It was a lot of fun. I thought everything was going to work out. He (Edwards’ spotter) told me he (Joey Logano) was there but I just pushed the issue. I figured that was the championship there. Joey timed it (the restart) perfectly. I could feel him a little. I just thought I’d clear him or force him to lift.
Edwards led eight times for 47 laps tonight but would finish last among the four Chase contenders.
He vowed to be even better in 2017 and was already looking forward to next season.