July 5th, 2015
Carl Edwards leads the points and has a win under his belt, so why wouldn’t he be confident anywhere he goes this NASCAR season? Because we’re at Martinsville, a track he has never won and has frankly struggled at most of his career.
In 19 starts at the track he has one top-5 finish and 5 top-10 finishes, that boils down to an average finish of 15.8. He does, however, have zero DNFs at the track, a trend he hopes to continue. Talking with the media on Friday, Edwards had a bounce in his step that hasn’t been seen in awhile.
“This is the most fun I’ve had coming to Martinsville for a while. We’ve got basically no pressure. We got to try a bunch of stuff in practice. We’ve got the first garage stall, which I’ve never been in before at Martinsville, so that’s pretty neat. And our Fastenal Ford was pretty good. I thought we would be better than that. We laid down what I thought was a pretty good lap in qualifying trim, but it didn’t seem very good so we’re gonna kind of swing for the fence in qualifying and hopefully we’ll have a good, solid lap to get us through that first round,” commented Edwards.
Though he has confidence, there is some pessimism by Edwards based on his track record at Martinsville.
“I’ve seen guys run in cars that were fast, I’ve seen guys practice other guys’ cars and still have trouble, so it appears it’s a combination. I feel like you have to have the car perfect and then there is some timing. Bobby Hamilton spent some time with me here one time and he talked to me a lot about the way he drove around and the rhythm that he had. I’ve had a couple flashes where we’ve run really well, but it’s been maybe one time I’ve had the car where I felt like I was making progress and got this thing figured. I just have to figure out A, what I want in the car, B, how to get it and, C, I’ve got to be able to drive it that way through the whole race. Once we get it put together, it’ll be good but it’s not an Atlanta or Bristol or place where I go to and I understand the way the track works and everything. I’m still missing something,” he explained.
Edwards will roll off in the 8th position and will look to score his second win of the 2014 season. The STP 500 gets underway on FOX at 1 PM EST.