NASCAR Pocono 2014: Carl Edwards confident in Roush Fenway's direction

John Harrelson

Signs point to him leaving Roush Fenway Racing, but nevertheless Carl Edwards is encouraged with the future of the team.

His future may remain in doubt, but Carl Edwards is confident better days are ahead for Roush Fenway Roush. Specifically, Edwards expects Roush's fleet of Fords to find more speed in the coming weeks.

Much like last year, the 2014 season has been a struggle for Roush as the three-car team has lacked performance. While Edwards owns a March victory at Bristol Motor Speedway and is ranked third in points, he's led more than eight laps in a race just once. Teammates Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are both winless, sitting 16th and 26th overall in the standings.

Roush released longtime chief engineer Chip Bolin last month.

"We know we have to be faster and there are big changes trying to address that," Edwards said Friday at Pocono Raceway. "We just have to hope that we work on the right things and are able to implement the findings and be better. We have everything there, we just need this much more speed and we would be really good."

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Though he wouldn't divulge specifics, Edwards says the issues inflicting Roush are the same problems that hampered the team in 2013, when the organization was continually outpaced by the Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports and Toyota's Joe Gibbs Racing.

Nevertheless, Edwards steadfastly supports Roush and Ford. He is encouraged by recent test sessions, including Monday at Nashville Superspeedway.

"I don't think anybody makes better cars than Ford does," Edwards said. "I think they really care about their products and they definitely care about racing. It is part of their DNA. That is what we talk about. The company is based on auto racing."

That Edwards expresses such confidence in Ford comes at a time when he is believed to be leaving the team and manufacturer he has driven for the entirety of his career. Since making his Sprint Cup debut with Roush in 2004, Edwards owns 22 wins and twice finished runner-up in the championship.

But a free agent at the end of the year, Edwards appears set to join JGR, where he would team with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and former Roush driver Matt Kenseth. Edwards declines to talk about his contract or what his future holds publicly, focusing solely on his current situation.

"I am really proud to represent Ford," Edwards said. "I think as a group we have to step up our performance at Roush Fenway to be representative of Ford's contribution."

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