After decent Pocono showing, Carl Edwards just wants to race

Carl Edwards finished seventh at Pocono Sunday.


Carl Edwards finished seventh at Pocono Sunday.

For awhile during Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 it looked to be another disappointing day for Carl Edwards. The Roush-Fenway Racing driver, who finished second in the standings last season, has had a nearly forgettable season.  Without a win, Edwards has nonetheless run just well enough to maintain a tenuous hold on the 12 spot in the standings.

Last week at Indy, Edwards started second but suffered mechanical woes that relegated him to 29th, four laps down. After the race, Edwards vowed to adopt a new attitude; racing only for wins and not for points.

“Nothing is easier, it is just simpler. It makes decisions simpler,” Edwards said Sunday after Indy. “For instance, if the same thing were to happen next week at Pocono, it is an easy decision. I would stay out and run it, no matter how sick the engine is, until we get a caution and then go work on it. We just have to do what we can. We have to plan to win these races. I don’t think we can think about points anymore. That is what I am saying when I say it is simpler. We just have to go race for wins now.” MORE>>>

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