SPARTA, Ky. Carl Edwards came to the Kentucky Speedway in July of 2003 on the upswing. He had a pair of runner-up finishes and four overall top-five places in a stretch of seven races on the NASCAR truck circuit racing for Jack Roush. Edwards was feeling good about his chances for then-named Kroger 225 event. There was also some desperation in his driving.
Edwards came to Kentucky without a primary sponsor.
I had a lot of faith but I didnt have any confidence then and I didnt know if I could do it, Edwards said on Friday.
Ten year ago, Edwards left the Kentucky Speedway with the first NASCAR victory of any sort in his career. He followed up his victory at Kentucky with a fourth place at Gateway, a fifth place at Michigan and then winning back-to-back weeks at OReillys Raceway Park and Nashville.
Sixty-three celebratory back flips later, including 20 on the Sprint Cup circuit, Edwards still races for Roush Fenway with a sense of desperation. He is currently second in the Sprint...