While he might not want to admit it, she’s the one that got away.
Last year’s loss at Darlington Raceway, when Regan Smith outdrove Edwards on the last run, cost the Roush Fenway racer a victory in the Southern 500 and potentially the 2011 Sprint Cup championship.
“We’ve been waiting since that last restart a year ago to come back here,” Edwards said. “Everyone talks about this being one of the biggest races and, for me, it really is for our whole team. We would really like to win this race.
“The track has aged really well. The pavement is a little more forgiving right now, so you can slide the car around a little bit more. It’s more fun than it’s been the last couple of years, in my opinion, so it’s gonna be a heck of a race. It’s just a cool place to come race and I’m glad we’re here.”