Carl Edwards rose to the occasion at Texas Motor Speedway.
After finding himself outside of a transfer spot by 32 points following a 36th-place finish at Martinsville, Edwards won at Texas to lock in a spot at Homestead. In doing so, Edwards gave Joe Gibbs Racing its first win in the Chase and guaranteed the company would have at least one car in the final four.
Edwards and Jimmie Johnson can rest easy going into the cutoff race at Phoenix International Raceway.
But the three other Joe Gibbs Racing cars cannot. Kyle Busch holds the final transfer spot, by one point on Matt Kenseth. Busch holds a two-point advantage on Denny Hamlin.
Kevin Harvick, who has won at Phoenix eight times, is also on the outside looking in while his Stewart-Haas Racing teammate, Kurt Busch, finds himself in a must-win situation.
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It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.