Apparently last Friday was Carl Edwards’s turn on the NASCAR media hot seat.
And he didn’t even do anything to deserve it.
Except that he hasn’t won a race this season.
And he’s fourth in NASCAR’s Race to The Chase standings.
And he’s beginning to tire of questions about not winning, and if he can win the championship without winning a race.
It’s a recurring phenomenon, surrounding a prominent driver whom fate conspires to keep away from checkered flags.
But Edwards is so tired that he’s even refusing to answer questions about a dog he once knew.
The media even asked Edwards if he was getting tired of having a good season despite not winning a race.
“Of course I am. That goes without saying,” he said. “I don’t even know what to say about it. Obviously, I’d like to win; that’s why I do this. It seems to me a little foolish to even ask it because it’s so obvious.
“You guys have to ask and people want to know, ‘Hey, how’s it feel?’ But it’s like saying, ‘Want to talk about that dog that got run over when I was a kid?’ It’s not something fun to talk about, you know what I mean?”
The dog and the angst notwithstanding, Edwards feels he has done a comparable job in a winless season compared with a year ago when he won nine races and finished second in The Chase.
“We don’t have the results to show for it, but I feel I’ve done a really good job,” he said.
Citing three scenarios — a bad pit stop at Texas Motor Speedway, his tangle with Brad Keselowski on the last lap at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and fuel-mileage concerns at Pocono Raceway — that could have put him in victory lane, Edwards said the scene on Friday would have been different.
“Nobody would have been asking me questions,” he said. “That question wouldn’t even exist, and the only reason it does is just because of very slight, extraneous small things. So if I were to go and change my whole mode of competition based on slight things that I can’t control, that would really be foolish. I don’t know what else I’m supposed to do. I do the best I can.”
His case in point was Jeff Gordon’s recent non-victory string.
“Everybody had all these theories and all of a sudden he started winning again,” Edwards said. “Then everybody was like, ‘Oh, everything’s OK.’ It’s not like he was doing anything differently. So, I guess if there are fans or media who feel like I’m tired of answering that question, I just don’t feel like there’s any substance to it.
“I think there is a question that’s more pertinent and that is, ‘Are you doing anything differently?’ The answer is, ‘No.’”