NASCAR: Carl Edwards looks to snap dry spell in Kansas
NASCAR • Roush Fenway Racing driver qualifies fourth.
Published: May 9, 2014 09:03PM
Updated: May 9, 2014 11:56PM
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Terry Renna | The Associated Press Carl Edwards gives a thumbs-up in his car after his qualifying run for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Edwards won the pole (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Kansas City, Kan. • Carl Edwards boasts a stout resume at Kansas Speedway, reeling off the kind of finishes that keep him in contention at one of his favorite tracks.

Five top-fives. Nine top-10s.

But one big 0-fer.

“No victories, though,” Edwards said. “That’s the problem.”

Edwards has long considered Kansas his hometown track, at least in NASCAR, since it opened in 2001. Edwards hails about 140 miles east from the track in Columbia, Mo. — home of Shakespeare’s Pizza, The Blue Note and Rock Bridge State Park — but not a Sprint Cup champion. At least, not yet.

Edwards still has the rest of this season to chase a championship for Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing. But his future remains uncertain: Edwards and RFR teammate Greg Biffle are the top remaining free agents in the Sprint Cup Series, and both could be on the move. Joe Gibbs Racing, which was turned down by Edwards when he re-signed with Roush in 2011, could be interested in making another run at him to expand to four cars next season.

Edwards, who starts fourth, refused Friday to discuss contract negotiations and his interest in JGR.

“At the end of the day, I am a Ford driver and drive for Jack Roush and that is my job,” he said.

Edwards is fifth in the points and already has a win this season, securing his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

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