Carl Edwards, Ford looking for more in run-up to Chase

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Carl Edwards currently sits second in the Sprint Cup points going into tomorrow’s race at Pocono Raceway, but that doesn’t change the fact that he has one of only two wins collected so far this season by Ford (the other coming from David Ragan at Talladega). He reckons that neither he nor his Roush Fenway Racing team are having a bad year, but feels that the manufacturer’s entire stable of teams need to do more in order to feel truly confident as the Chase gets closer.

For example, Edwards indicated that he’s open to his Roush Fenway Racing team having more conversations with the two-car group at Penske Racing, another Blue Oval squad.

“That’s something that I would be really interested in,” Edwards said on Friday at Pocono. “I know that Ford from the beginning of this season has said, ‘We want to be One Ford. We want to win together. We want to do everything we can.’ And I believe that what I’ve learned recently is that it’s not as simple as all the engineers get in the room and compare notes, because even if we understood where our strengths and weaknesses are, we have different manufacturing processes, different testing processes for the parts.

“So that process of joining forces and being a One Ford team, even if we opened all of our notebooks to each other, it’s not quite as simple as I thought it was or it might seem, so I guess what I’m saying is that’s on the table. We’ve talked about it and I believe that our success in the future is gonna involve a lot of teamwork between Roush Fenway Racing and Penske.”

To that end, Edwards said that he’s communicated regularly with Penske pilots Joey Logano and reigning Cup champion Brad Keselowski after numerous races this season. As for where his Roush Fenway team stands, Edwards is trying to keep things in perspective but again recognizes a need to get better now so they won’t be hurting later.

“If the Chase started right now, I think we’d be in a little bit of trouble,” he admitted. “I don’t think we are as fast as we need to be and the way we look at it is we’re not getting beat by a driver or a crew chief, we’re getting beat by organizations…We’re not bad. We’ve won a race. We’re second in points.

“We’re not panicking or anything, but we’ve got to make slight adjustments now that will hopefully pay off when the Chase starts because we don’t only want to be in the Chase, we want to be in this Chase and dominate it.”

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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