Carl Edwards: “Dover is Going to Be Insane”

Carl Edwards: “Dover is Going to Be Insane”

by September 24, 2014 0 comments

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DOVER, Del. — It need not be said that this Sunday’s race at Dover International Speedway – the AAA 400 – is set to be an action-filled, pulse-pounding event.

With 10 Chase positions for the Contender Round still open, Sunday’s race will be a free-for-all as 14 Chase drivers will jockey for a position to continue their quest for the championship.

As Carl Edwards puts it – Dover will be ‘insane.’

Edwards, the current ninth-place driver in the standings, is sitting in a safe position to transfer into the Contender Round as he currently sits above the cutoff line by eight points. Edwards has one obstacle remaining in his way from clinching his Contender Round berth – Dover.

For the driver of the No. 99 Ford for Roush-Fenway Racing, the pressure to keep mistakes on Sunday to a minimum is ramped up for this week as he enters what he considers a make-or-break race for his season.

“This race is going to be insane,” Edwards stated while at Texas Motor Speedway for testing on Monday. “[At Loudon], you saw how pressure packed it was and how many folks were pushing it and making mistakes. At Dover, you add 30 or 40 miles-per-hour, a bunch of banking, and double the pressure – it’s going to be crazy. We’ve discussed it [and] we know what we have to do, we’ve just got to go there and get every spot that we can.

“This is it – this is basically your championship. If you make a mistake or if you don’t do something that you should have, you don’t want to be thinking about that for the next seven weeks and the whole offseason, so this is important for us.”

Even though Edwards and the rest of the Chase field yet to lock themselves into the next round will be racing with great amounts of pressure on them, Edwards personally welcomes the challenge that the new Chase format has generated for himself and his competition.

“I don’t think any of the drivers will tell you they like it,” Edwards spoke of the current format. “As long as it’s entertaining and people are enjoying it and the pressure is on – that’s really what any sport is about. We welcome the pressure and I’ll like it if we make it through this first round.”

Should he get a clean race in, Edwards should have a strong result at Dover on Sunday and glide his way into the Contender Round.

In 20 career starts at the mile-long concrete oval, Edwards has 12 top-10 finishes and is the winner of the 2007 running of the AAA 400. The Columbia, Missouri, native also has the fourth-highest driver rating of active drivers in the Sprint Cup Series at Dover.

Kyle Pokrefky
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