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.”

Supercross: Husqvarna’s Jalek Swoll and Malcolm Stewart out with injury

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Jalek Swoll and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Malcolm Stewart sustained injury in separate crashes late last week. Stewart missed Anaheim 2 and Swoll will not mount up for the 250 East season opener in Houston on February 4.

“Spent all of yesterday in the ER and today getting surgery so haven’t been able to make an update post,” Swoll posted on Instagram. “Spiral fractured my humorous yesterday and was lucky enough to get into surgery today. Absolutely heartbroken that I couldn’t show all the hard work me, [Mike Brown], [Aldon Baker], and [Joel Perez] were working on truly felt like this year was going to a big one with massive improvements we made but I guess it just wasn’t my time.”

The team announced on Instagram that Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken bone in his arm, sustained in a practice crash on Friday. After missing the division opener, no further timeline has been given for his return.

Swoll made eight starts in the 250 West division last season with a best finish of fifth. In 2021, he scored his first SuperMotocross win in the outdoor Pro Motocross season at High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

Stewart missed Anaheim 2 due to a practice injury. Likewise, the team did not announce a timetable for Stewart’s return.

He showed a lot of speed in the first two rounds before accidents eliminated him from contention in both rounds. He finished 16th at Anaheim 1 and 15th in San Diego, putting him in a points’ deficit that was already going to be difficult to overcome.

Stewart entered the 2023 season with a ton of confidence and believed all he needed was to stack his chips the right way to get this year’s championship.

Husqvarna is now represented by RJ Hampshire in the 250 West division and Christian Craig in 450s.

Hampshire had a rough weekend in Anaheim 2 and finished 11th in the overall standings after scoring a last place result in Race 2 with a bike sidelined by crash damage and a 13th in Race 3 after another fall.

Craig has not yet scored a top-10 on his 450 with a best of 11th at San Diego and Anaheim 2.

The news of these two injuries comes on the heels of the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team losing three of their four 250 riders.

Last week, Pro Circuit Kawasaki announced Seth Hammaker would miss the season opener with a wrist injury. Almost immediately, it was announced Jo Shimoda would also miss the 250 East opener with a shoulder injury.

Chris Blose will serve as a replacement rider in the 250 East division with Carson Mumford scheduled to replace the injured Austin Forkner in the West.