Despite being an All-Star Race, many teams use Saturday’s race as a testing session for the upcoming Coca-Cola 600 Sunday night at the same track.
Most teams come into the All-Star Race with two things on their agenda: Cashing in a check worth $1 million, and gathering precious data for the Coca-Cola 600.
That was on the minds of Carl Edwards, who finished fifth in Saturday night’s All-Star Race. After the race, Edwards said he not only had fun, but he learned a lot that the team can now apply to the Coca-Cola 600.
“Oh yeah, I learned tons of stuff,” said Edwards. “I learned lots of things and I really did have a good time there at the end. We just needed some more laps and we won’t need more laps in the 600. There will be plenty."
“I was back there running fifth just hoping Matt would bring it home. Our Aflac Fusion just wasn’t that great all night, but the last run we were actually pretty good passing people and moving to the front."
"I think we’ve got something to build on for the 600, but I’d like to know what it feels like to be over there in Victory Lane at this All-Star race sometime.”