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Edwards was happy for the lap time and has been pleased with the Gen-6 car’s performance so far. He expects a lot of thrills when the season kicks off with the Daytona 500 later this month.

“It seems like NASCAR is putting as much effort as humanly possible in making the cars perform as we all want them to on the race track,” Edwards said.

He is planning for additional chances when engineers from the teams and NASCAR see what the car does in competition. In the end, Edwards is confident any adjustments will improve things on the track, even one as difficult as Darlington.

“For me, this test is one I really looked forward to,” he said. “I get to work with a new car, a new team, new tires at a track I love. The weather’s nice. This is a great way to spend a Tuesday.”