Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Carl Edwards 20/1 to win his first Southern 500
Team: No.99 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Primary Chassis: RK-874
Backup Chassis: RK-880
Edwards at Darlington Raceway
o Edwards has yet to capture a win at Darlington Raceway, finishing second in 2008 and 2011
o Edwards has 10 Sprint Cup starts at Darlington with an average start of 15.9 and an average finish of 12.5
o Edwards has finished in the top-five three times and in the top-ten seven times
o Primary chassis RK-874 was last run in 2014 at Phoenix, finishing eighth
o Backup chassis RK-880 was last used in 2014 as a primary at Vegas, finishing fifth
o For 2014, EcoBoost will be available on more than 90% of the FORD nameplates, rising to 95% by 2015.
o EcoBoost technology combines smaller overall size with turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing for outstanding performance and fuel economy.
o Better fuel efficiency and lower fuel bills are the top reasons for EcoBoost engines.
Edwards on Darlington:
“We have EcoBoost on the car this week, it’s only the decals though because EcoBoost is so technologically advanced I don’t think they’d allow it. It would be an unfair advantage if we actually had an EcoBoost engine. Darlington is a lot of fun. It’s a 500 mile race so it is a true test of man and machine, and it is one of the toughest races of the year. It’s a fast race track, there is so much history there, and to win there would be great.”
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