NSCS: Edwards not concerned with early season struggles

April 20, 2012 No Comments

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It’s no secret that Carl Edwards’ 2012 season hasn’t started ideally for him.  With no wins and four top-10 finishes through the first seven races of the season, the question has been raised as to what happened to the No.99 team.

Last year at this time, Edwards was the points leader and already had one victory to his credit.

But now he’s back in eleventh spot in the point standings while his fellow Roush-Fenway Racing teammates, Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth, are at the top of the points heap.

“We’d like to be leading the points right now,” said Edwards during his media availability at Kansas this weekend. “The great thing is that all of our Fords are doing well.”

While Edwards has been seemingly looking to regain his form from a year ago, his fellow RFR teammates have asserted their place in the championship hunt.

Winning two of the first seven races on the season, RFR certainly has the cars that are capable of winning races. It may just be that “Lady Luck” is the one thing keeping Edwards from contending for wins this season.

“If it weren’t for Bristol and Phoenix, we’d be looking pretty good right now,” said Edwards. “We’re fast, we’re competitive, and we got a lot of racing left.

When looking to the next four races on the Sprint Cup schedule (Kansas, Richmond, Talladega and Darlington), Edwards and his No.99 team have every right in the world to feel confident.

At those tracks in 2011, Edwards scored finishes of fifth, fifth, second, and sixth respectively, making for one of the most consistent stretches of races for Edwards of the season —nearing the one in the Chase.

“We plan on marching up to the top of the standings throughout the season, and hopefully get a couple of wins,” said Edwards. “And for some reason,if we still have trouble, we can be in the Chase.

“What we need to do right now is capitalize on the recent success of our teammates. We need to go out and win a race or two, that’s what we’re focused on. And this [Kansas Speedway] would be the ultimate place to do that for me.”

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