Carl Edwards is coming to the Kansas Speedway looking for the home advantage. The Columbia, MO native has a best finish of 2nd at his home track, but that was back in 2008. In 12 starts he has zero wins, four top-5s, eight top-10s, and an average finish of 11.3.
After finishing 35th last weekend at the Dover International Speedway, Edwards is looking to regroup, and gain back the points he lost.
“I have not heard the very final ruling of exactly what happened (in Dover), but, basically, we had a wheel that came loose and was loose enough that it broke the studs off of the left-rear, so when I pulled in the first time we only had two studs on there. We kind of got everything tightened up as best we could and just tried to roll around, but it wasn’t gonna work. So the guys changed a hub in 13 laps under green, which was pretty good, but we still don’t know if it was a manufacturing problem. I don’t think it was my tire changer. He does a great job and all the data showed that he had it tight, so it’s just one of those things in racing that can happen. It’s very, very frustrating,” Edwards explained to media members Thursday from the track.
Edwards and his team are not quitting on this season. They believe they can still make noise in the Chase.
There’s a lot of racing left. If we can go out and if our speed today is any indication, if we can go out and possibly win this race and win a couple races, and if these guys (the 20) had some trouble, it could happen. Anything can happen, so the biggest thing is when I got back to the shop Jimmy Fennig looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘Look, I don’t quit. We’re going here to win this thing and that’s it. Until we can’t, we will.’ So that’s all you can do,” said Edwards.
Step one in the plan to rebound was testing on Thursday at the track, due to extreme weather changes, information gathered that day might not translate.
“We didn’t spend any time in qualifying trim, and the conditions changed throughout the whole test session, so, like I said, beating Matt Kenseth here is probably the biggest thing I could have done. I think the temperature is gonna be a big factor and it’s also supposed to possibly rain on Friday night, so we might see the same problem Saturday trying to get the cars tuned in with the changing track,” commented Edwards.
The Hollywood Casino 400 gets under way Sunday at 2 PM EST, and can be seen on ESPN.