Special Weekend For Edwards

A win at Darlington Raceway would be special to Carl Edwards in more ways than one.

Not only would it end a 46-race winless streak, but it would also come at one of his favorite tracks on the first Mother's Day weekend race since the birth of his daughter Annie.

“It’s Mother’s Day weekend at Darlington and I’m actually going to bring two mothers with me – my Mom and Annie’s Mom (Kate)," Edwards said. "It will be Kate’s first Mother’s Day so it will be a lot of fun for all of us."

Edwards heads to Darlington fresh off his first top five of the season.

After starting 28th in last Saturday night's Crown Royal Presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at Richmond International Raceway, Edwards made 87 green flag passes and took advantage of some great pit stops by his No. 99 team en route to a fifth-place finish. The result moved Edwards up two positions to 11th in the standings, 240 behind leader Kevin Harvick. Last year at this time he stood ninth, 237 back of the leader.

"It was a great top five," said Edwards, who led his first laps (2) of the season at Richmond. "We worked really hard out there tonight. We started in the back and passed a lot of cars. That felt really good. We haven’t run that well at Richmond in a long time. I have to give a lot of credit to my pit crew. They did a tremendous job out there tonight and gave us a fighting chance."

Now Edwards will transition from the Richmond short track to the unique 1.366-mile Darlington Raceway.

"I love Darlington," Edwards said. "It's a place with a lot of history and a place where the driver can really make a big difference. I think that's why everyone loves going there. It's just got a mystique about it. There's a feeling you get when you throw that thing down into turn one, it's like no other race track."

Athough last season's trip to Darlington did not go as planned, Edwards has found success at Darlington in the past finishing in the top 10 four times in six starts.

"We've been really close to winning there in the past, and we've had some really great runs, but haven’t been able to put anything together," said Edwards, who saw his best finish come in 2008 in second. "For me a win there would be very special."

Crew chief Bob Osborne has prepared the same car that ran at both Pocono races last season for the Showtime Southern 500. Edwards scored one of his seven top fives in 2009 with this chassis in the June race.

"We plan to give him a fast race car and he will be competitive with it," Osborne said. "It’s a challenging track, and like last week we practice in the day but race at night so that adds another aspect to setting up the car for the race.”

The first practice session for the Showtime Southern 500 will begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. (ET).

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