Sprint Cup Series drivers Jeff Gordon (24) Dale
Earnhardt Jr. (88) Kasey Kahne (5) Kyle Busch (18)
Carl Edwards (99) and Jamie McMurray (1) head into
turn one during an auto race at Kansas Speedway in
Kansas City, Kan., on Oct. 5th.
into the 10-race Chase title playoff, NASCAR’s Carl
Edwards hasn’t reached victory lane, gotten into a brawl
with another driver or otherwise made many headlines.
admittedly have not been a dominant team all year,”
despite two wins during the regular season, Edwards said
Edwards, 35, has been consistent enough to remain in the
hunt with seven other drivers who survived the first two
rounds of NASCAR’s new knockout-style format for its Chase
for the Sprint Cup.
three races left — Martinsville, Va., this Sunday, then
Texas and Phoenix—to determine which final four drivers
will battle for the championship at the season finale Nov.
16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
If any of
the eight win one of the next three races, they
automatically advance to the final round. The others would
advance based on amassing the most points over the next
known for his victory backflips, drives the No. 99 Ford for
Roush Fenway Racing, but he’s already announced plans to
move to another team, Joe Gibbs Racing, after this year.
looking forward to … hopefully advancing to Homestead,
where we feel like we have a really good shot at winning the
championship,” Edwards told reporters at Martinsville
only one top-five finish in the six Chase races so far.
He’s also never won at Martinsville in 20 prior starts.
three-time winner at Texas Motor Speedway but “the problem
with the success I’ve had at Texas is it happened a long
time ago,” with a win in 2005 and two wins in 2008,
one that I’m actually a little more nervous about than
this track or Phoenix,” he said. Phoenix, in fact, might
be Edwards’ best track for reaching the final round.
He’s a two-time winner at Phoenix International Raceway,
most recently last year.
But even if
Edwards reaches the final round at Homestead-Miami, he’ll
have to hold off the two Team Penske drivers — Brad
Keselowski and Joey Logano — who together have won four of
the first six Chase races.
people I think you’re going to have to beat to win the
championship are the Penske cars,” Edwards said. “Brad
and Joey are fast every week.”