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Will Carl Edwards be turning back flips in 2010?

By admin | February 2, 2010

By Richard Allen

Carl Edwards will win races in 2010.

Coming off a 2009 campaign in which he did not score a single Sprint Cup win, Edwards has to be chomping at the bit to get back to victory lane. Especially considering that in 2008 the Roush Fenway Racing driver took home nine trophies from NASCAR’s top division, he must have felt more than a little disappointed at the end of last year.

Granted, in 2009 he did manage to qualify for the Chase for the Championship, but he was never a serious challenger to the dominate Hendrick Motorsports cars in that ten race playoff.

This year, the Ford teams are entering the season with a renewed sense of optimism. It was apparent during the Sprint Media Tour and throughout the winter testing sessions that the Ford camp feels as though they have found something.

“Last year we just never found that one thing that would give us an edge,” team owner Jack Roush remarked during a question and answer session for the National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame ceremony. “This year we will be more detail oriented.”

Among the Ford contingent Edwards is one of the clear leaders along with Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle. But this year Ford has added more talent and depth to their ranks via the merger between longtime Ford campaigners Yates Racing and Richard Petty Motorsports. Namely, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and A.J. Allmendinger will be driving Fords in 2010. More drivers, more crew chiefs and more engineers have to be a benefit to the overall program for the manufacturer.

All of these factors combined with the fact that he is one of the more talented and determined drivers in NASCAR leads me to believe there is no way Carl Edwards will go through another season without a trip to a Sprint Cup victory lane.

But to answer the question posed in the column’s headline, that may remain to be scene. After a Frisbee incident last year which left him with a broken foot Edwards’ back flipping may have to be shelved. However, he may feel like doing one later this month when he and wife Kate Downey have their first child.

Richard Allen is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association. His weekly columns appear in The Mountain Press and The Knoxville Journal.

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