Raceday Part 2: Atlanta

Carl Edwards burst into NASCAR superstardom a year ago at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. His electrifying pass of Jimmie Johnson on the final turn of the final lap in the 2005 edition of the Golden Corral 500 put the young driver on the racing map.

After becoming the first driver in history to win both his initial Cup and Busch races on the same weekend, Edwards is obviously excited about returning to the scene of that success.

"Atlanta is a fun racetrack, I hope we are as fast as we were the last couple of times we were there," he said. "The Office Depot team tested there earlier this year and you know, I just love going to Atlanta. I am really excited about this weekend. We have had a lot of success in Atlanta over the last year and we are hoping we can continue the same success this weekend."

Edwards of course repeated his March Atlanta win with another trip to victory lane at AMS last October.

But after finishing only 35 points behind Tony Stewart in the 2005 final standings, the start to this season hasn't gone incredibly well.

After crashing with Kyle Petty and finishing last in the Daytona 500, Edwards rebounded the next weekend with a third place run in California.

But the team missed the set-up last week in Las Vegas and after starting 21st, struggled home to a 26th place finish.

"Yeah, it wasn’t the day we wanted," Edwards said. "It didn’t go as well as we had planned, we had the wrong springs in the car."

So entering Atlanta, Edwards finds himself mired back in 23rd place in the standings 256 points behind leader Jimmie Johnson.

But with last year's Atlanta success still fresh in his mind, Edwards believes a turnaround is in the cards for him this weekend.

"We had great luck at Atlanta in the spring race," Edwards said. "If I tried a hundred times it probably wouldn't happen like that again. The second race we just had our act together really well and we are going to try and do the same thing again in Atlanta this year."

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