HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR's only stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway came at just the right time for Carl Edwards.
Last year's Sprint Cup runner-up is struggling just to make the Chase, coming into Sunday night's race 12th in the standings. The top 10 get in, plus two wild cards based on season victories, and Edwards has yet to win this season. He needs a strong performance the next two weekends to have a chance at making up for last year's galling loss to Tony Stewart in the season finale.
The 1.54-mile tri-oval is one of Edwards' most successful tracks. His first Cup victory came at Atlanta in 2005. He has three wins at the speedway, along with seven other top-10 finishes. No wonder after Friday's practice, he said, "I love this place."