Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Carl Edwards ready to defend Coca-Cola 600 crown

Carl Edwards is 8/1 to win Coca-Cola 600 again.
Carl Edwards / No. 19 Subway Toyota Preview
Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

No. 19 Subway Toyota News and Notes:

: He is the defending race champion for the Coca-Cola 600. He has had success on the 1.5-mile track in the backyard of several of the teams by winning last year’s Coca-Cola 600 the 2011 Sprint All-Star race and two Xfinity races in 2006 and 2011.

NASCAR: For the second consecutive year, “600 Miles of Remembrance” will pay tribute this Memorial Day Weekend to those who bravely served and died defending our country. Charlotte Motor Speedway and Joe Gibbs Racing will honor all our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces currently serving and those that have served in the past with a special salute during the Coca-Cola 600.

SUBWAY: Subway will be the primary sponsor with Edwards, the No. 19 Subway team and Joe Gibbs Racing for the longest and most grueling 600-mile race of the season. Edwards’ training and discipline has helped him prepare for this test of fitness and fatigue.

In 22 Sprint Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Edwards has completed 7,854 of 7,908 laps (99.3 percent) and has led for a total of 137 laps. Edwards has earned one win, seven top-five and 15 top-ten finishes there. His average start is 16.5 and his average finish is 10.5.

RACE INFO: Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday; May 29th.The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

Edwards’ 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:
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Edwards’ Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:
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From the Cockpit:
Carl Edwards
: “The Coca-Cola 600 is one of the biggest events for our sport. It’s a very tough event because of the length. It’s tough because of its prestige and everybody puts a lot of effort into it. It’s physically demanding and it’s demanding on all of the parts of cars, the engines, and the pit crews. It’s a long night. There’s a lot that changes throughout the race and that’s what makes it so special to win. Last year’s win at the Coca-Cola 600 was huge for us. It was a turning point in our season and it’s still sinking in that our 19 team are the defending champions of the Coca-Cola 600. That’s very cool. It’s a great weekend all around. It’s a great weekend of racing worldwide. The Coca-Cola 600, everybody at Charlotte Motor Speedway and NASCAR put on a great event. It’s an event in which we honor the military, all the people that are defending our freedom and our liberties. It’s always nice before that event to take a moment to think about what people have sacrificed so that we can live the way that we do in our country and enjoy things like the Coca-Cola 600. I’m ready to go racing. We’re coming off of a strong run at the All-Star event. We’d like to put Subway in Victory Lane for the first time this season.”

From the Pit Box:
Dave Rogers:
“The Coca-Cola 600 is an amazing event. This is the longest race of the season and it begins at dusk on a very temperature sensitive racetrack. The timing of the event and the additional miles truly challenge drivers, teams and equipment. The Coca-Cola 600 is the perfect race to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services past and present. Our soldiers know hard work and sacrifice best – this race is to honor and give thanks to them. God Bless our troops!”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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