Strategy pays off for Carl Edwards with Top-5

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A call to stay out on track during the final caution of today’s Kobalt 400 enabled Carl Edwards to leave Las Vegas Motor Speedway with a fifth-place result, his best of the young 2014 Sprint Cup season.

Edwards was 15th after a green-flag cycle of pit stops on Lap 214 of 267 but just eight laps later, the caution came out for debris.

Instead of pitting, he joined Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin as drivers that chose to gamble for track position.

When the green came back on Lap 226, Edwards was running second behind Earnhardt but while the Sprint Cup points leader quickly pulled away, Edwards was forced to battle Brad Keselowski for the runner-up spot.

With fuel still a concern on his No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Edwards eventually gave up the spot to Keselowski, who would go on to win the race when Earnhardt ran out of fuel on the final lap. Edwards would ultimately fall two more spots in the last 15-20 laps or so to his final result.

“We probably didn’t deserve to finish fifth, so I’m pretty happy with that finish,” he said afterwards. “The guys did a great job with strategy.”

Edwards also paid his respects to William Clay Ford, the director emeritus of Ford Motor Company, who died earlier this morning of pneumonia at the age of 88.

“With the loss of Mr. Ford this weekend – if we couldn’t be in victory lane I’m really proud that a Ford was in victory lane both days,” he said. “Brad did a great job.”

Pirelli reveals new super-hard, hyper-soft F1 tires in Abu Dhabi

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Pirelli has confirmed it will add two new tires to its range for the 2018 Formula 1 season, launching the ‘super-hard’ and ‘hyper-soft’ compounds in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

Pirelli currently makes three of its five dry compounds available to teams for each race weekend, and despite varying selections across the course of the season has struggled to offer much in terms of strategy options, with one-stop races being the norm.

The hope is that the addition of two new tire compounds and a re-alignment of their durability will offer teams more choices in races.

Pirelli confirmed plans to introduce a new softest tire below the current ultra-soft earlier this month, inviting fans to pick a name.

The pink-colored compound will be known as the ‘hyper-soft’ from next year, with the arrival of a new ‘super-hard’ (colored ‘ice blue’) also being confirmed at a launch event in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

“Compared to this year, when the tires grew by 25% to fit a brand-new generation of cars, the changes for next year are less far-reaching,” Pirelli head of car racing Mario Isola said.

“However, we’re pleased to present some important innovations with softer and faster compounds across the range: including the new hypersoft.

“We realized that, under the unique circumstances of this year, some of our 2017 compounds were perhaps conservative: the tires we have created for 2018 addresses this, in line with the objective of having around two pit stops at most races.

“However, the fundamental design concept of the tires hasn’t changed next year, preserving the attributes that all drivers have appreciated this year and allowing them to push hard from the start to the finish of each stint.

“The new range consists of faster tires that should lead to even harder and more spectacular racing in 2018.”

Besides the seven dry compounds made available, there will be the two rain tires – wet and intermediate – taking it to a total of nine for the 2018 season.