COMMERCE, Ga. — Mike Edwards says the first quarter of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series brings back a really vivid memory.
The veteran driver from Coweta, Okla. says the way his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second Chevy Camaro has been performing so far this season draws many comparisons to his 2009 campaign. And we all know what happened that season. Edwards raced to five victories in 10 final rounds, earned 16 No. 1 qualifying positions and took ownership of his first NHRA Pro Stock world championship trophy.
With one victory in two final rounds and a season-opening streak of five consecutive No. 1 qualifying positions through the first six races of 2013, Edwards is extremely proud of his team’s progress and on track performance.
“It has been an amazing start to the 2013 Pro Stock season,” Edwards said. “I never thought that this Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/Penhall/K&N team would have enjoyed this much success in qualifying. Pro Stock is such a competitive field and nearly every car that pulls to the starting line each qualifying session is capable of going to the pole.”
Edwards hopes to keep moving in that direction and add some more vital stats to his season scorecard at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, May 3-5 at Atlanta Dragway. Steve Torrence (Top Fuel), Ron Capps (Funny Car) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are the defending winners of the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event that will be televised on ESPN2HD.
Edwards, who is a two-time winner at Atlanta Dragway, said he was relieved to finally get his first victory of the season at the Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C. and put a few disappointing semifinals and runner-up finishes behind him.
“After the first four races having a really fast car and not getting a win, it was beginning to make you think that it might not be in the cards for a victory this year,” Edwards said. “But the win builds the morale of the team, which a few of the guys had never reached, and it gives you that taste and it makes you work harder to get back for some more.”
With 35 career victories, Edwards is hungrier than ever to add more marks to his win column.
“A victory gives you the confidence that you know you are doing things right and moving in the right direction,” Edwards said. “At the same time, you do not want to rest on your past and think you can just show up and win races. I have been around this sport way too long to know that you are only good as your last run down the racetrack.”