Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Carl Edwards on Atlanta: 'We get to head to one of my favorite race tracks'

Carl Edwards is 10/1 to win at Atlanta on Sunday
Carl Edwards / No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Preview
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota News and Notes:
Atlanta Motor Speedway was the catapult for Edwards’ NASCAR Career with his first Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series wins in March of 2005. He also won the second Sprint Cup race there that year sweeping the season at the 1.5-mile track. He returned to victory lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series in October 2008.

In 17 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta, Edwards has completed 5,241 of 5,562 laps (94.2 percent) and has led for a total of 413 laps. Edwards has earned three wins, nine top-five and 11 top-ten finishes there. His average start is 9.8 and his average finish is 14.6.

RACE INFO: Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 1st. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Edwards’ Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top-10PolesLaps LedEarningsAvg. StartAvg. Finish

From the Cockpit:
Carl Edwards:
“Alright we get to head to one of my favorite race tracks, Atlanta. It’s a fast place. I like to go to Atlanta for a number of reasons, but number one is it’s just a fun race track. But really for me, it’s a special place because of that weekend in 2005 winning the XFINITY race on Saturday as well as the Sprint Cup race on Sunday. It changed my whole career. We’ve got ARRIS on board this weekend and Atlanta is where ARRIS is based. It was really cool last week at Daytona and we had a great run. We want to continue that. We feel like this is an opportunity to go get a victory and lock ourselves into the Chase early on.”

From the Pit Box:
Darian Grubb:
“Atlanta’s a unique race track with a really old worn-out surface, which makes it a lot of fun to derive the handling characteristics for the race car. Now we’re going with a new engine package and some different tires, so it’s gonna be interesting to go back down and feel all that out. We’re hoping to get a little time on the test day to iron things out with Carl on our intermediate program. I’m looking forward to getting there and hopefully showing what kind of speed we’ve got.”

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