Edwards talks Talladega, championship
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Carl Edwards stands by his hauler. Edwards sits fifth in points heading into Talladega.
With eliminations and multiple rounds present in this year’s Chase, the championship can’t be won in one race but can certainly be lost during the course of one race weekend.
Carl Edwards, the only Roush Fenway Racing driver still with an opportunity to compete for the championship, talked about his chances at an elusive first title and surviving Talladega with the media Tuesday.
“18th or better sounds simple to do, but it is not at Talladega,” said Edwards, who would move on to the Eliminator Round with a showing of 18th or better Sunday.
“You’re not just subject to your own mistakes or your own problems, but being in a pack like that makes it very easy to finish 40th even if you’re doing everything right. It is a tougher race to guarantee a good finish.”
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Carl Edwards turns laps at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
With varying strategies seen at Talladega in the past, Edwards and team have a few game plans depending on where the No. 99 qualifies.
“If we're out front, we definitely want to stay there,” he said. “If we're in the middle, I don't know how aggressive I would want to be early on. We just have to basically watch where our competition is running and try not to get caught up in the race too much and focus on the fact that we have an opportunity to advance to the next round based on our good finishes at Kansas and Charlotte.”
If Edwards advances to the next round of the Chase, he thinks he and his team can make some noise with their championship run.
“I’m very aware of the rare nature of having a shot at winning a championship,” Edwards said. “I’ve only had this opportunity a few times, to be this close to it. With this format, I think we have a real good shot.”