Carl Edwards is the only driver with more than one victory so far this year, but a 100-point penalty after his win at Las Vegas and a 42nd-place finish after losing an engine while leading with about 50 laps left at Atlanta have the driver of the No. 99 Fords 14th in the standings after six races.
“I’ve felt pressure to win that I put on myself every week since I started racing when I was 15 years old,” said Edwards, who starts second in Sunday’s Samsung 500. “We just can’t give away any more points.
“Our cars are so great on the 1.5-mile tracks. I am excited. I couldn’t wait to come back to this track and race. The way things went in practice and in qualifying, I think we’ve got an amazingly fast race car. If nothing goes wrong this should be a great weekend for us.”
Edwards led both of Saturday’s practice sessions. Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Greg Biffle and Tony Stewart were behind him in the top five in the first practice. Biffle, Johnson, Paul Menard and Dave Blaney were in the top five along with Edwards in the last practice.