"I at no point felt comfortable", Edwards said. "You've got multiple grooves, its low speed enough, but wide enough that you can do a lot of racing here". Fortunately, Carl Edwards was not one of them.
Edwards avoided tire issues that plagued his teammates and took off on the final restart to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the half-mile bullring.
Thanks to the tighter racing conditions, a short track race is naturally more volatile and tougher to predict than a race at a large oval. Even Edwards was surprised.
"I have the best teammates in the business, and if they can have trouble, I can surely have trouble", he said.
"There were never very many thoughts that crossed my mind that I did not want to come back". "That cost us two laps early in the race, and we worked real hard. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in 2016 and his first victory and third top-10 finish in three races at Bristol Motor Speedway. I didn't qualify as well as we wanted on Friday, but we hit on a couple of things, I thought, right there towards the end of final practice yesterday that we really liked. Same thing, I think happened to the No. 22 (Joey Logano)".
The primary competition for Edwards today figures to come from Kyle Busch, his streaking JGR teammate. As tempting as it is to play Carl Edwards, his value is as high on several other tracks as it is this weekend, and the same can not be said for several other drivers in the tier. I had no intention to race him.
And Edwards said he draws off the Busch juggernaut for inspiration and information. "The coolest part for me is to see that this can be done right now out of this shop with these cars and TRD engines". Denny Hamlin finished 20 and Kyle Busch 38 Was Edwards anxious?
Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) enters the pits after hitting the wall as driver Jimmie Johnson (48) and driver Martin Truex Jr.
The format is scheduled to be trotted out again for three more races this season - next weekend at Richmond, May 14 at Dover and July 23 at Indianapolis. "I lost all my acceleration and those guys were just gone. I tried to slide him into (Turn) 1 and I was hoping he'd make a mistake and I'd get another shot at him in (Turn) 3, but I just ran into the side of him". "I'm probably not going to forget about this one for quite a while". "I'm not really sure why that was". "Really disappointed myself, hurts to loose 'em like that, but learned quite a bit for tomorrow, and hopefully our Cup car's good there".
"We've had a good taste of success here recently and it feels good". This is what it's all about for me.... He starts 25th, so Larson could make a push for 50 fantasy points by the time place differential points are added to his finishing position. Today's action is on a historic track in Tennessee, and may be the most important race of the season to date since the Daytona 500.