Edwards remains without a top-ten finish
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Kurt Busch leads the field during Sunday's Auto Club 400.
Carl Edwards gained four positions in driver points with a 13th place effort at Auto Club Speedway Sunday, yet, the effort leaves him without a top-ten finish five races into 2015.
Leading one lap, Edwards was the highest finishing Toyota driver.
“That was a hard fought race,” Edwards said of his fourth lead lap finish of 2015. “I got a speeding penalty towards the end and put us back in the back and made it back up to 13th. A great group effort by my guys with the backup car. Even though we couldn’t get a win, to put that effort forth was huge.”
The finish snapped a four race top-ten streak at Auto Club Speedway for Edwards, and only the fourth time in 18 career starts at the speedway he finished outside the top-ten.
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Edwards said post-race the final restarts of the race were “insane” and “fun.”
“This is one I’ll go home and watch the replay, he said. “…I wanted to get a trophy, but that was a good, hard fought run. I felt like we did a good job as a team.”
Edwards will enter Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway 17th in overall points, tied with Jamie McMurray for the final Chase position. Edwards is currently the third highest ranked driver without a top-ten finish thus far this season.
Edwards will enter Martinsville with seven consecutive races without a top-ten finish, the longest streak of his Sprint Cup career.