Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Carl Edwards still searching for first Martinsville Grandfather clock

Carl Edwards is 18/1 to win his first career race at Martinsville.
Carl Edwards / No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Preview
STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota News and Notes:

Martinsville Speedway is the smallest track on the NASCAR circuit nestled in the mountains of southern Virginia with a lot of history. Statistically it has been a tough track for Edwards, but he’s been continually getting better on the paperclip oval. With Dave Rogers at the helm, ARRIS on board and the support of his JGR teammates, he expects to keep improving and be in the hunt for their unique Grandfather Clock trophy.
In 23 Sprint Cup Series starts at Martinsville, Edwards has completed 11,351 of 11,534 laps (98.4 percent) and has led for a total of 44 laps. Edwards has earned one top-five and five top-10 finishes there. His average start is 16.3 and his average finish is 15.9.
RACE INFO: The STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway (.526-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3rd. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Edwards’ 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
StartsWinsTop 5Top 10PolesLaps LedAvg. StartAvg. Finish
Edwards’ Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Carl Edwards:
“Alright, Dave Rogers and this No. 19 crew like a challenge. Getting me to victory lane at Martinsville is going to be a good one. I have struggled there, but I truly have no reason not to run well at this race. It’s because I’ve got great cars and great teammates. Denny Hamlin’s help last year really stepped up my performance there. I’m excited to go to Martinsville. I’m as excited to go to Martinsville as I ever have been. It’s a really tough race track. Like Dave Rogers said it’s a real challenge and anybody who wins there, they earn it. To me with an average finish of about 16th, it’s obviously been a tough place for me. We ran really well in the spring last year. That was really a turning point for me. We learned a lot and hopefully we can build on that. We’ve been having some great runs. We’ve been performing really well, leading laps, we’ve had fast cars in qualifying and we feel like we have a really good plan. If I could choose which car I wanted to be in and which team I wanted to be on, it would be this No. 19 ARRIS team with Dave Rogers and the fastest crew on pit road going to Martinsville. I’ve got a good feeling about it and I’m ready to go race.”

From the Pit Box:
Dave Rogers
: “Martinsville is one of my favorite race tracks on the circuit. The tight corners and lack of bank angle put a premium on mechanical grip. Likewise, it opens the door for the drivers to manipulate balance conditions by changing driving style. This combination always provides exciting racing and guarantees that whichever team wins Martinsville will have earned it. Our No.19 ARRIS team is looking forward to the challenge.”

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