Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Edwards and new crew chief kick off relationship in Sprint Unlimited

Carl Edwards is 15/1 to win Sprint Unlimited.
Carl Edwards / No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Preview

Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota News and Notes:

Edwards heads to Daytona for his second full season at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). He will be teaming up with his new crew chief Dave Rogers and running the Sprint Unlimited will be their first time on the track together. The No. 19 team has high expectations for Daytona and 2016. Edwards is still looking for his first career Sprint Cup Superspeedway win and hopes the change to Rogers will produce it.

This is the second year that the starting line-up for the Sprint Unlimited will be determined by a random draw. The race will consist of 75 total laps and will be broken down into two segments with the competition caution coming out after lap 25. A total of 25 drivers are eligible for this year’s event.

In nine Sprint Cup Series starts at the Sprint Unlimited, Edwards has completed 588 of 678 laps and has led for a total of 84 laps. Edwards has earned two top-10 finishes and has started from the pole twice in 2010 and 2013 at the prestigious Florida track. He won the Camping World Truck Series race there in 2004.

The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile Tri-Oval) begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 13th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

From the Cockpit:
Carl Edwards:
Alright, we’re headed back to Daytona. The 2016 year looks to be really exciting with coming off a championship season at Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). I’ve gotten a chance to get to know Dave Rogers over the off-season. I’m really excited to go racing with him and my new A-team. The Sprint Unlimited is really a great way to start the season. We get to shake the cobwebs off and go have a good time. We’ve got AARIS on the car and we’d love to get them to Victory Lane. I’ve never been to Victory Lane in the Cup Series at Daytona, so it would be really exciting for me. I’m ready to go racing. It’s my second year at JGR. We had a great first year and I’m excited to build on it. Basically, it’s just a fun race this weekend and a good time. It’ll be a blast!”

From the Pit Box:
Dave Rogers
: “I’ve enjoyed the time over the off-season to get to know Carl and I’m extremely encouraged by the quick bond we’ve developed, but it’s time to go racing. Although this will be Carl’s 10th Sprint Unlimited race, it’s my first opportunity to serve as a leader for him and this ARRIS Toyota team at the race track. I’m so excited – it almost feels like my rookie year again. I can’t wait to get this season started with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona.”

- Joe Gibbs Racing

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