Roush Fenway Racing might have gotten off to a slow start this season, but Carl Edwards used steady improvement to join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winner’s club.
Although an errant caution light and subsequent downpour Sunday at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway helped secure his first win of the season, Edwards was running strong throughout the race.
He and his No. 99 Ford team finished 17th in the Daytona 500, eighth at Phoenix and fifth at Las Vegas. RFR still has work to do on its intermediate track program, but Edwards’ victory should allow the organization to focus on improvement so it will be in good position to compete for this season’s championship.
Next up is Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., where Edwards has one win (2008) but has finished among the top 10 an astounding 13 times in 16 Cup starts.
Edwards recently talked about this weekend’s race, how another Ford organization, Team Penske, has helped RFR raise its game and whether one win is good enough to make the Chase.
Just to have a win this early is a huge relief. It’s going to make California and Martinsville (Va.) – it’s going be really fun to go there. I think this new format is going to change the way people race throughout the year. It’s going to be very interesting to see how it all culminates at the end and see what everybody brings to those final 10 races, considering the fact that they have time to work on things because there’s not that pressure.