Welcome back, Carl Edwards. After a treacherous start to his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Edwards is finally coming into his own. With one win in the bag already this season, he heads to a road course looking for a strong run.
Let’s try to put Edwards’ season into perspective. Prior to the All-Star race in May, the No. 19 driver had one top 10s and finished outside the top 20 four times. Since that point, he won the Coca-Cola 600 and has four top-10 results.
The change hasn’t been easy, but he now has a chance to do something he never did with Roush Fenway Racing—win at the Glen.
Watkins Glen has been a great track for Edwards during his career. In 10 starts at the course, Edwards has completed all 902 laps and only finished outside the top 15 once. That was a 19th-place result in his first run at the arduous track.
Despite leading just four laps in his career at the Glen, Edwards still holds an average finish of 8.4. The only drivers who are ahead of him in that category with at least two starts at the track are A.J. Allmendinger and Tony Stewart. Kyle Busch, who holds two wins at the track, is coming off a 40th-place finish last year.
Only 90 laps will be run on Sunday at Watkins Glen, so the final position points will be at a premium. Edwards, who won last season at Sonoma, can all but guarantee a great finish for owners.
Paired up with Busch or Allmendinger and a road course ringers like Boris Said, Edwards is a solid option. For owners who simply want a balanced lineup, Edwards at the top of the team wouldn’t be a bad choice either. Owners who choose either route will be doing backflips on Sunday.
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