Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Carl Edwards feeling confident for 500 after Unlimited

Carl Edwards is 15/1 to win his first plate race Sunday.
Carl Edwards / No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Preview
Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota News and Notes:

Edwards is paired up with crew chief Dave Rogers for the 2016 season at Joe Gibbs Racing. Rogers worked with Denny Hamlin last season and is looking forward to 2016 with Edwards. The duo has high expectations for their first season together heading into the Super Bowl of NASCAR for the 58th running of the annual Great American Race, the Daytona 500.

Edwards and the No. 19 ARRIS team ran very fast during the Sprint Unlimited non-points race last Saturday, but unfortunately got caught up in a big wreck with 3 laps to go which sent them to the garage. All the Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) Toyota Camrys had speed. The No.19 ARRIS team had a strong showing in the Sprint Unlimited and was a good gauge of the team’s chemistry, elevating the enthusiasm and expectations for the “Big Show”.

In 11 Sprint Cup Series starts at the Daytona 500, Edwards was the pole sitter for 2012 and pushed Trevor Bayne across the finish line, finishing second in 2011. He has one top-five and three top-ten finishes for the February race at the prestigious Florida track. He did win the Truck Series race there in 2004.

RACE INFO: The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 21st. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

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

From the Cockpit:

Carl Edwards:
“We are headed to Daytona 500. We’ve had fast race cars all week. Joe Gibbs Racing has worked really hard over the winter and it really shows. I had a lot of fun racing in the Sprint Unlimited. It was really neat to see Denny Hamlin out in front and stay out there. We are hoping to get out front in the duel qualifier and the 500. We have ARRIS on board, they are a huge part of our team and they are going to have a lot of people at the 500. Everyone I talk to is excited about the race, Daytona Rising and everything going on at the track. There is a real buzz and a lot of people I know are packing up and headed south to see the race, so we want to put on a good show for them. This is my 11th 500 and I couldn’t be more excited about the event. I have a new crew chief and a bunch of new guys and I have really had a good time working with them. We have fast race cars, we qualified well, cars drive well and they have a ton of speed. We are just going to have a good time and enjoy it.”

From the Pit Box:

Dave Rogers:
“Of course we were aiming for a front row starting spot in the Daytona 500, but I’m still proud of the effort our ARRIS crew put together so far during speed weeks. I’m most excited about the fact that Joe Gibbs Racing is the only organization to put all four team cars in the top 10 during 500 qualifying. This is a testament to the hard work put forward by the guys back at the shop and our partners at Toyota Racing Development (TRD). It’s exciting going into the Duels knowing that our cars have raw speed.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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