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Edwards heading to the right track to solidify Chase status

By admin | June 12, 2012

By Richard Allen

 

Carl Edwards is currently in a precarious position in terms of contending for a Sprint Cup championship. After the race in Pocono he moved up one spot in the series standings but still ranks just outside the all important top-10.

But no doubt, the driver who lost out on the Sprint Cup title last year in a tie-breaker was hoping for more than 11th best in the standings at this point in the current season.

With no wins so far in 2012 and his Chase for the Championship hopes hanging in the balance, Edwards is heading toward a track where he has had great success in the past.

The driver of car #99 has won twice at the Michigan International Speedway and has scored nine top-5s and twelve top-10s in only fifteen starts. The Roush Fenway Racing pilot’s average finish on the 2 mile track is an impressive 8.2 for each start.

Edwards has a somewhat strange habit of following his better seasons with less than stellar campaigns the next year. His two best seasons in terms of number of wins were 2005(4 wins) and 2008(9 wins). He followed each of those seasons with winless efforts. While he only won one race last year, he had a successful season by finishing 2nd in the overall standings. And so far, he is on his way to following that up with another winless season.

However, this could well be the week in which Carl Edwards solidifies himself as a serious Chase contender. This track has always favored Fords and it is one on which this Ford driver has recorded plenty of success. But at the same time, the track does have a new asphalt surface in place which means it is not exactly the same facility as before.

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