October 21, 2011
Edwards trying to get in synch
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
TALLADEGA - NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase for the championship points leader Carl Edwards thinks that racing around Talladega Superspeedway in excess of 200 m.p.h. in two-by-two formations is a bit like synchronized swimming.
Not that he has ever tired that water sport, mind you, but he said on Friday that was the best comparison he could come up with to describe how every driver will seek out a partner on Sunday in the Good Sam Club 500 and hope the two can stick together the whole race like he will with his Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle.
“The physics work as if the two cars are one but you have two drivers trying to manoeuvre that unit around to the best position,” he said. “It is like synchronized swimming, I guess.
“Greg and I almost have our own language now over the radio and we know what we are talking about. I understand what he is trying to do behind me to keep his car cool and to make us as fast as we can be and the things he is worried about.
“It is an odd thing. It is weird. I am not saying that it is the greatest thing in the world. It is a strange position to be in to race like this but it is different and is surely interesting.”