Carl Edwards recorded the quickest 10-lap average in Saturday morning’s practice for the Windows 10 400. His speed of 174.428 mph was set during his first 10 laps on the track.
Joe Gibbs Racing swept the top four spots in Saturday morning’s practice session for the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway. Carl Edwards led the contingent with a speed of 175.812, followed by Matt Kenseth (175.418), Kyle Busch (175.408), and Denny Hamlin (175.298).
For the second consecutive week, Carl Edwards will lead the field to green on a flat track. Last week he started the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire first and finished seventh. This week he bested the field with a lap of 183.464 mph to earn his second career front row start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards did not dominate the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire as many predicted, but he ran well most of the afternoon and settled into seventh at the checkers.
Carl Edwards backed up his fastest and quickest speed in the morning session for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with another fast lap in final practice. His top speed in the rain-shortened afternoon practice was 133.110 mph.
Carl Edwards posted the quickest average speed in Saturday morning’s practice session for the 5-Hour Energy 301. His best 10 laps were 131.040 mph from lap 24 through 34.
Carl Edwards recorded a lap of 135.164 mph in the final practice session for the 5-Hour Energy 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and grabbed the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race.
Carl Edwards enthusiastically supported NASCAR’s new rules’ package designed to reduce down force because it put the skill back into the driver’s hands. As it turned out, he was very happy with the results as well after finishing fourth in the Quaker State 400 by Advance Auto Parts at Kentucky Speedway.
In five starts this year on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, Edwards has been all over the board. He won the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on fuel mileage, was 10th at Texas Motor Speedway, and 12th at Atlanta Motor Speedway to define his high water mark.
Carl Edwards did everything right in practice, but still wrecked. He slowed to miss a spinning Kyle Busch before getting run over from behind.
Carl Edwards has a current streak of four consecutive top-fives on the combined road courses, but most importantly he is the defending winner of this race last year at Sonoma Raceway when he held off a determined charge by Jeff Gordon.
Carl Edwards has an average of 18.1 in his first 15 races and only two top-10s to show for his effort. The good news for his fans is that one of these was a victory in the Coke 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards will start among the top 10 for the fifth consecutive race this week. He qualified fourth for the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, which continues a string he began at Kansas Speedway in May.
Prior to qualification for the Axalta 400 at Pocono Raceway, Carl Edwards had two previous outside poles on this track to his credit. He came close to grabbing the top spot but was 14/1000ths of a second short and starts on the outside of row one beside Kurt Busch.