Carl Edwards has been destroying cars right and left at Daytona International Speedway — but not because he’s done anything wrong.
Edwards, who crashed in practice on Wednesday when Ryan Newman’s Chevrolet turned across the nose of Edwards’ Ford, was the victim of another accident in Thursday’s first Budweiser Duel 150-mile qualifying race.
Denny Hamlin’s Toyota got sideways to Edwards’ outside and turned the No. 99 Ford hard into the outside wall, demolishing Edwards’ car. All told, four of Edwards’ Roush Fenway Racing Fusions have fallen victim to crashes at Daytona.
Despite finishing 22nd in the Duel, Edwards is locked into the starting field for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
“I don’t know exactly what happened,” Edwards said of Thursday’s wreck. “It looked like Denny got sideways and wrecked us. That’s the fourth time we’ve wrecked since we’ve been down here. I told (crew chief) Jimmy (Fennig) we wrecked four times, so we have the black flag already, and the race hasn’t even started.
“We’re 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’ll 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.”