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Edwards: Team not in title contention yet

August 03, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com

Edwards: Team not in title contention yet
Veteran says 'other people's opinions don't really mean much'

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LONG POND, Pa. -- Carl Edwards, twice a winner this season and wrapping up his stay at Roush Fenway Racing, doesn't care to be seen as the underdog going into this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

The veteran, who is expected to land at Joe Gibbs Racing for 2015, enters today's GoBowling.com 400 eighth in points, but with only one top-10 finish in his last eight starts.

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Damage to his No. 99 Ford during qualifying didn't help matters, and Edwards rolls off 26th for today’s race.

"Other people's opinions don't really mean much in this sport as far as performance is concerned," Edwards said Saturday at Pocono Raceway. "Right now, we're not competitive enough to win the championship, so talking about whether we are (a dark horse) or not really doesn't matter.

"It's simple to see every weekend from the results, so we have to do better and we know that."

Edwards' victories came at Bristol and Sonoma this season. Teammates Greg Biffle (16th in points) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (27th) are winless through the season's first 20 races.

"We're still lacking a little bit of speed," Edwards said, "but we are more competitive. We talked about Indy (15th) being frustrating, but we're making small gains.

"We moved up a little bit at Indy and I think we're faster here … we just have to keep moving forward. That's the name of the game and that's the only thing that's going to get us where we want to be."

Edwards is a former Pocono winner (2008). He finished 41st here in June.

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