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LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 03: NASCAR driver Carl Edwards speaks to the media prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions Week NMPA Myers Brothers Awards at the Venetian Resort Hotel & Casino on December 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
This weekend at Kansas Speedway, both my driver Clint Bowyer and Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards will be additionally pumped up because this is what you might call their home track and their hometown crowd. As a driver, you get really excited about it. That is something that motivates and inspires you. Naturally, everybody brings their A game to each race. But when you are in front of your hometown crowd, you really do have an extra bounce in your step. It just feels good, and it's a bonus. For Edwards, this might be the springboard he needs to break out of this slump he seems to be in. Last Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway, he and Jeff Gordon were the two drivers who made huge moves during the race. Gordon started in the back, in 34th position, and made his way to the front by the end of the night to finish in fourth. Edwards started the race in 20th and finished eighth. So it was a real solid night for Edwards. He really did have a car fast enough to compete for t...
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