NASCAR & Auto Racing

Edwards' victory good for Roush momentum

Carl Edwards said he’s not a big believer in momentum in racing, but he does think his victory in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 500 could have benefits for his Roush Fenway Racing team.

“Confidence could lead to some momentum,” he said. “The 10 bonus points are grat, but I think the championship will probably be decided by more than that. What I liked was seeing my guys have that spring in their step.”

Edwards now has 30 bonus points he will carry with him into the championship Chase. That’s 40 fewer than Kyle Busch has, but there are still five races before the Chase in which that could change.

Edwards moved up from fifth to third in the pre-Chase standings with Sunday’s win, but that’s not really all that relevant since being in the top 12 after 26 races and the bonus points have the only bearing on where Chase teams will start the 10-race playoff.

That’s why Edwards was frustrated last week when he finished second at Indianapolis to Jimmie Johnson.

“Anything other than winning back to about 25th right now isn’t going to make a difference on our season,” Edwards said. “For us, we have to win right now. We can’t give up opportunities to win races.”

- David Poole