That was Edwards’ take on the state of affairs at Joe Gibbs Racing, after he put his No. 19 Toyota on the pole for Sunday’s 5-Hour ENERGY 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1:30 p.m. on NBCSN).
Never a great qualifier, Edwards turned a lap of 135.164 miles per hour Friday to win the pole, just the 14th in a career that dates to 2004.
“But I think the big thing is after the race you’ve got to take time and really dissect what happened in the race whether it is strategy of the way the race went and what was good and bad about your auto”.
With his lap in the final five-minute block, 28.179 seconds, Edwards secured pole by just 0.030s from Joey Logano – who topped the second segment – and David Ragan, who set identical times.
His teammate Kyle Busch, who won last week at Kentucky will start fourth, third JGR driver Denny Hamlin fifth and fourth driver Matt Kenseth eighth.
Kurt Busch will start sixth, Jimmie Johnson seventh, with Kasey Kahne and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top ten behind Kenseth.
Hillman Smith Motorsports driver Landon Cassill narrowly a place with them, settling for 13th, four spots ahead of practice pacesetter Kyle Larson.
The one driver that missed the race was Reed Sorenson.
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Jeff Gordon, still seeking his first victory in his last season of full-time Sprint Cup racing, will start 23rd.
“Second: It seems like the story of our week, coming off Kentucky with a strong second-place run and then qualifying second here as well”, Logano said.
A three-day test where drivers practiced with various packages was held earlier this week at Chicagoland Speedway, the site of the Chase opener.
NASCAR will roll out a high-drag package next week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway that also will be employed next month at Michigan global Speedway.
With a team that is struggling this season, Biffle said it is hard to navigate through the changes NASCAR is implementing.
“Just from being behind the wheel at Kentucky, that was probably one of the best races that I’ve been in, in a long time, because we were able to do things we couldn’t do with the vehicle before”. Theyll try other packages. That’s a scientific method.
“Last week at Kentucky, everything went real well, real smooth, actually”.
NASCAR chairman Brian France told SiriusXM this week he wanted more out of the Kentucky package. “I mean, you’re not going to see drafting at Kentucky, I don’t care what you do”. I think we have plenty of pack racing in this sport with the four races (at Daytona and Talladega).
“The way a race looks and the way a race is are two completely different things”, he said.
“I do agree with Tony Stewart that someone’s got to help these race teams with these costs of all these different packages”, Busch said. It gets a little challenging sometimes..