Edwards won last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, and all eyes will be on him again this weekend. With rumors swirling on where he will be racing next year, another win may keep them at bay for a little while longer. His win last weekend also locked him into the Chase, so maybe Roush-Fenway Racing will be experimenting with some equipment getting ready for the Chase.
Hendrick Motorsports has been strong in recent weeks, and had won six straight races before Edwards’ victory last week. With a return to the 1.5 mile track of Kentucky, Hendrick should have no problem returning to victory lane. Kasey Kahne is the only Hendrick driver without a victory this season, and this may be his week.
Newman’s sponsor Caterpillar signed a contract extension this week with Richard Childress Racing. That may not make any difference in performance, but it’s very possible this new contract could give him just what he needs. A little momentum and confidence can go a long way, and Newman may put that to good use this weekend.
Be sure to catch all these storylines and more on Saturday night under the lights. The Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT.