Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Carl Edwards Phoenix Kobalt Tools 500 Preview

Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-695 This car last raced at Kansas in October, finished sixth


Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix: “Phoenix is the first place I ever raced on pavement in a USAC Silver Crown car. It’s a driver’s race track. It’s a track where the driver can make a big difference. Obviously, your car has to be set up really well, but once the car is perfect, that’s a track where it truly comes down to the driver. It’s such a unique track, it’s got bumps and it’s really unique. If you win that race, it’s one you can really be proud of, so I’d love to win a Cup race out there.”

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Phoenix: “We have had very fast race cars in the past at Phoenix but Carl has yet to win a Cup race there. Phoenix is a unique race track in shape and that makes it a challenge relative to car handling – it is hard to setup the car so it handles just right at both ends. We’re taking a car that has run well in the three races we’ve taken it to this year. It was new at Indy and our best finish with it was third at Michigan. Hopefully it can help us get a win this weekend.”

Carl Edwards enters Phoenix fourth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 317 markers behind point leader Denny Hamlin. He has earned seven top-five and 17 top-10 finishes this season, as well as two poles.

FOR THE RECORD… In 12 starts at the one-mile track, Edwards has four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His average start is 12.7, and his average finish is 12.8. Edwards has completed 94 percent (3584 of 3814) of laps in Cup competition attempted at Phoenix.

IN THE LOOP… According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last 12 races at Phoenix, Edwards has turned 194 of the track’s fastest laps (fifth most), spent 2,465 laps in the top 15, and has led 87 laps. He has a driver rating of 98.6 (fifth best).

ON THE TRACK… The No. 99 crew will unload RK-695 at Phoenix. Edwards raced this car at Kansas in October where he finished sixth. It also raced at MIS in August and Indy in July. This car has not finished outside the top seven in its three starts.

HITTING THE PAVEMENT…Phoenix International Raceway is where Edwards made his first start on a pavement track in 2001. He drove a USAC Silver Crown car.

REWIND, PHOENIX, NOVEMBER 2009… Edwards started the race mid-pack and with few cautions during the race struggled to gain track position. The crew made adjustments to the Aflac Ford throughout the race to improve the handling, but in the end a 16th-place finish was the best Edwards could get.

- Roush Fenway Racing, Press Release

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