Here comes the sun, there goes Carl

KANSAS CITY, KS - APRIL 21:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, KS – APRIL 21: Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 400 at Kansas Speedway on April 21, 2013 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Kan.— Carl Edwards lost the Kansas pole by a mere .017 seconds, started second and for much of Sunday’s race, he was flying.

In the late going, however, the sun came out from behind the clouds and upset the handling of his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford. Edwards plummeted to 17th at the finish–not the result he expected.

“That’s very disappointing for our whole team, because we had such a fast car, and then the sun came out and we were not in good shape,” Edwards said. “The handling went away big-time. I’ve got to thank Ricky Stenhouse (Edwards’ teammate). I was holding him off and I slid up in front of him, and he could have wrecked me, but he didn’t.

“I was in denial about my car at that point. I thought we were fast, and then we had our strategy set up to rely on the caution not coming out, but the caution came out, and I think that pretty much ruined it for all the Roush Fenway cars (which were trapped a lap down briefly after pitting under green).

“The cool thing is we had fast race cars and there were points in the race where I think we had the fastest cars. We’ll just move on, but I’m glad we get to come back here in the fall.”

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