Carl Edwards won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Subway Fresh Fit 500 on Sunday. It was his first victory in 70 races. (Reuters/Files)
The 70-race gap between wins for Carl Edwards that ended at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday was more than just a losing steak.
It played on his psyche like nothing else in his 10-year NASCAR Sprint Cup career.
Edwards said coming off the 2011 season when he lost the championship to Tony Stewart in a tie-breaker — most wins — he was determined not to let that defeat define him.
But as the losses mounted in 2012 he said he began to question his talent — the very thing that had earned him 19 Cup victories, 158 Top 10 finishes and 11 pole positions.
“A lot of people that have been in sports understand this, but when you’re struggling it seems like time slows down, you’re working harder, you’re trying more, you’re questioning yourself more,” Edwards said.
The longer the streak went, the more Edwards said he started to lose confidence and it just seemed to snowball.