Edwards Looks to Race into Chase
CONCORD, NC -- Roush Fenway drivers Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth each clinched a spot in the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup ‘playoff' race with their respective finishes last Saturday night at Bristol. RFR's third driver, Carl Edwards will look to win one of the final two races to lock up a ‘wildcard' berth in this season's Chase. The odds may be in Edwards' favor, with Atlanta and Richmond the remaining two regular-season tracks.
"We're going to approach them like we've approached the last couple of races," said Edwards. "That's just to go out and try to win the race and do whatever it takes to put ourselves in a position to win."
Atlanta is probably Edwards' top track. He won his first Sprint Cup race there in 2005 and boasts three Cup wins and six overall NASCAR wins at the 1.5-mile track. In addition, he had one of the dominate cars earlier this year at Richmond, leading 206 laps and potentially poised for the victory before being penalized on a controversial call while running second under a late restart. In fact, Edwards has led 319 laps in the last two Sprint Cup events at RIR.
"I don't think there could be two better tracks coming up," added Edwards. "Atlanta is one of my personal favorite tracks to drive on. I don't think there's a more fun race track on the circuit to race on.
"(Crew Chief) Chad (Norris) and all the guys (on the No. 99 team), we spoke a lot this week about our strategy for the race and we feel like we've got a car sitting there in the hauler that can go win that race, so we're really excited about it. I hope that it goes the way we want it to, and Richmond has been kind of a hot-and-cold race track for us, but this spring we found some things and figured some things out and I think we've got a good shot at a win at Richmond as we have at any other track on the schedule."
Edwards will look for his seventh berth in the Chase in the last eight seasons.