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Carl Edwards still seeking win at Kansas

Posted: May 9, 2014 - 9:47pm
Colin E. Braley Associated Press  Carl Edwards adjusts his gloves before practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.  AP
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Colin E. Braley Associated Press Carl Edwards adjusts his gloves before practice on Friday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

KANSAS CITY, KAN. | Carl Edwards boasts a stout resume at Kansas Speedway, reeling off the kind of finishes that keep him in contention at one of his favorite tracks.

Five top-fives. Nine top-10s.

But one big 0-fer.

“No victories, though,” Edwards said. “That’s the problem.”

Edwards has long considered Kansas his hometown track, at least in NASCAR, since it opened in 2001. Edwards hails about 140 miles east from the track in Columbia, Mo. — home of Shakespeare’s Pizza, The Blue Note and Rock Bridge State Park — but not a Sprint Cup champion. At least, not yet.

Edwards still has the rest of this season to chase a championship for Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing.

But his future remains uncertain: Edwards and RFR teammate Greg Biffle are the top remaining free agents in the Sprint Cup Series, and both could be on the move. Joe Gibbs Racing, which was turned down by Edwards when he re-signed with Roush in 2011, could be interested in making another run at him to expand to four cars next season.

Edwards refused Friday to discuss contract negotiations and his interest in JGR.

“At the end of the day, I am a Ford driver and drive for Jack Roush, and that is my job,” he said.

Edwards is fifth in the points and already has a win this season, securing his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Edwards called the mood at RFR “hopeful” that some solid finishes — outside of last week’s 30th at Talladega — will keep them in the hunt.

“I think if we continue on that path, we will have a shot at the championship, and that is all we can do,” Edwards said.

Edwards and Emporia, Kan., native Clint Bowyer are the sentimental picks to win at Kansas. Edwards is counting on plenty of friends and family to make the trip for Saturday night’s race.

HARVICK ON POLE

Kevin Harvick posted a track record to help propel him to his second pole of the season. He posted his record 194.658 mph lap Friday in the second round of NASCAR’s knockout qualifying format at Kansas Speedway.

5-HOUR ENERGY 400

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Where: Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan.

TV: Fox.