Edwards Looks For Texas Three-Peat

He may be winless so far in 2009 but a return to Texas Motor Speedway for Sunday's Samsung 500 could be just the thing to return Carl Edwards to victory lane.

After leading the Sprint Cup Series with nine wins a year ago, Edwards has gone through the first six races of this year winless.

That may not be much of a drought for anyone else but for Edwards, who won the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, it seems like an eternity.

However Edwards isn't putting too much pressure on himself or the Roush Fenway Racing team, which after getting back-to-back wins from Matt Kesneth to open the season, has struggled of late.

"It’s been six races since we’ve won,” said Edwards. “I don’t think we need to panic. We’re fine. We’ve performed very well. For instance, last week we were the best I’ve ever been speed-wise at Martinsville. I’m really proud of that. Had a flat tire and didn’t finish well in the race, but we’re doing fine. Obviously, we’d love to have six wins, but we’re fine.”

Edwards has every reason to feel confident coming to Texas, where he swept both races a year ago.

A third straight win at the 1.5-mile superspeedway would certainly cure any perceived ills for Edwards.

"That would be huge. … That would be cool,” Edwards said. “This is a great place to win – for a number of reasons. It would be really good for us right now – our finishes the last couple of weeks – it would be perfect to win a race right now.”

Despite not taking any checkered flags so far in 2009, Edwards dosn't believe anything has changed on the No. 99 team that would prevent a follow-up performance to last season's second place effort in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

“Results and performance are two different things,” Edwards said. “We are the same team, I am the same driver, everything’s fine. I think if you look at the drivers that have won no races for the last year, the drivers who have won one race in the last year or year and a half, [that] shows you how difficult winning races is."

"And so it makes those seasons, like last season, seem that much more special. But, literally, we could win here and win the next 10 in a row, or we could run second in the next 10, and the difference could be 6 inches in each race, and people would say, ‘Wow. Why haven’t you won a race?’ It’s been a total of 5 feet, you know? The perception is always different than the reality.”

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