Edwards on catching Johnson at Homestead-Miami: "Hell, yeah, I think I can do it"

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Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here

 


The Orlando Sentinel reported this week that Carl Edwards’ mom has a crock pot adorned with her son’s face. And prior to Sunday’s Chase Race No. 7 at Atlanta, Edwards had an answer for those who think it’s a crock he can catch points-leader Jimmie Johnson.
 
“Hell, yeah, I think I can do it,” Edwards told reporters last week—and then he went out and won the race, picking up 15 points on Johnson, who finished second. Could this be the start of a historic comeback in the Sprint Cup Chase for the Championship, which culminates at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 16th?
 
Count Edwards among the believers, as NASCAR devotees may recall that it was at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2005 that “Cousin Carl” began a comeback from a whopping 149-point deficit to fall just 35 points short of eventual Cup champion Tony Stewart.
 
“Jimmie is a competitor and he’s a really fun guy to compete against,” Edwards said this week in Atlanta. “I do believe that we can beat him these last [three] races. I don’t know if we can beat him badly enough to catch him without him having some bad luck, but I’m in a position where we’ve got nothing to lose. We’re gonna go race this thing for the win these last [three] weeks and we’re going for it. It’s gonna be fun whether we win or lose, that’s for sure.”
 
“I’ve really been focused on where Carl is,” Johnson said prior to Sunday’s race. “[I] don’t know if that is right or wrong….but for whatever reason, my eyes have kind of stopped there at Carl. I don’t know if that is fair or not.”
 
Edwards’ Ford Racing teammate, Greg Biffle, would like Johnson to widen his scope, as “The Biff” is another driver looking toward a historic finish at Homestead-Miami during Ford Championship Weekend. He won the Ford 400 three consecutive years (2004-06).
 
“We're gonna come and get them,” said Biffle, currently running third in the Sprint Cup standings, just two points behind

Edwards. “We've got [three] more chances, and we're going to some of our best places….Texas and Phoenix and Homestead, all of these race tracks are literally my best race tracks on the circuit….so they better be on their A game. These next [three] weeks are going to be exciting for everyone, but I think you’d have a hard time finding someone as excited as me to see how it all turns out.”

At Homestead-Miami for NASCAR’s series-crowning finale, Johnson will be seeking a Sprint Cup three-peat, accomplished only once in the sports history (Cale Yarborough, 1976-78). With only two races remaining until a champion is crowned in South Florida, he’s the man the Roush-Fenway teammates are focused upon.
 
“He could have any sort of trouble at the next two races and be right back there with us with all these guys that are kind of bunched together,” Edwards said. “We saw what happened with Kyle [Busch] and his team. Those guys seemed unbeatable [with a series-leading eight wins heading into the Chase], but they just had the bad luck.”
 
Indeed, another Ford Racing driver, Matt Kenseth, had three “DNFs” in just five races. If Johnson has just one, it could signal quite a standings shake-up, as a driver can make up as many as 161 points in one week.

“This isn't over until the last lap at Homestead, that's for sure,” Edwards said last week. And then he went out and backed up those words. Just two more races until champions are crowned in Miami.

Great seats are still available for Ford Championship Weekend, Nov. 14-16, on Homestead-Miami Speedway's 1.5-mile oval. The NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series all will crown champions under the lights. To secure individual or group tickets for NASCAR's finale, call (866) 409-RACE or click here

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