Carl Edwards Trying to Get Ford Back to Winning at Phoenix

Charlie TurnerSenior Writer INovember 8, 2008

Seven of the last eight races at Pheonix International Raceway have seen Chevrolet drivers head to victory lane.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr
. started the turn of events in 2003 when he won the first of back to back wins.  Only in 2005 was the recent Chevy dominance interrupted by Kurt Busch in a Roush Ford.  It has been all Chevy power ever since.  Kyle Bush, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon have preceded defending race champ Jimmy Johnson as the most recent GM winners.

Phoenix hasn’t always been so Chevrolet biased.  The early Cup years saw Ford win eleven of the first fifteen races held on the unique mile oval.  Alan Kulwicki, Bill Elliott and Davey Allison all won races in the first few years of the journey out to the Valley of the Sun.

Carl Edwards is hot and a man on a mission while Jimmy Johnson is looking to hang on to win a record tying third straight championship.

This could be the year that Ford begins to re-assert itself as a dominate player at Phoeniz.

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