Edwards Back on Track

Carl Edwards has found the consistency that was missing earlier in the season, and his second-place run Sunday night in the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway has given the Roush Fenway Racing driver more confidence as the Chase nears.

Edwards' run Sunday night was his eighth straight top-12 finish, and with a spot in the Chase locked up, he's looking for big things over the last 11 races of the season starting with Saturday night's trip to Richmond International Raceway.

"We'll just go for it," Edwards said. "We'll probably just go there and go for the win and don't have too much to be concerned about. So for me, it will just be a fun race."

After a disappointing start to the season, Edwards has found what was missing and turned into one of the most consistent drivers in the Sprint Cup Series. Although he's still winless since 2008, Edwards is confident victories will come as his consistency continues.

"I feel like we have scored a ton of points the last seven or eight races," Edwards said. "We have performed probably better in that stretch than we ever have, and it makes me really excited. I'm really looking forward to the Chase. It's going to be fun."

That was also the word Edwards used to describe Sunday night's race which featured several stretches of side-by-side racing throughout the field.

"When Jimmie (Johnson), Kasey (Kahne) and I were racing, you know, two‑ and three‑wide for the lead there for a few laps, I mean, there’s one point where I was laughing going down the front straightaway," Edwards said. "It was just fun. That’s what racing’s about, having some fun."

And Edwards is hoping that positive feeling will carry into more performances like the one he turned in Sunday night.

"I felt like we had a car as good or better than we have had all season," Edwards said. "When you run up front like that, you kind of get in that mode of racing for the win, and that is good for everyone."

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