Carl Edwards– NSCS BRISTOL ADVANCE
Team: No. 99 Scotts Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-709 This car won at Homestead last November
Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway : “This is two weeks in a row with Scotts on board and hopefully we can make it two wins in a row. We’ve had success at Bristol in the past and the Cup cars are a lot of fun to drive there. The track has three grooves and there are probably 20 guys who can win that race every time we go there since they repaved it. Hopefully we’ll go and have a solid run for Scotts. It’s the beginning of spring and we’ve had a lot of luck in Scotts cars in the past.”
Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway : ” Bristol is a tough track. It doesn’t take much to get caught up in someone else’s accident. We had a good run last fall since we were able to qualify well and stay up front. Qualifying is important at Bristol to start up front, get a good pit stall and stay up front all day. We gained a lot of points back with the win in Vegas, so we need to stay out of trouble and keep the momentum going.”
* ON A ROLL…Coming off a win in Vegas, Edwards enters Bristol third in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, seven markers behind point leader Tony Stewart. He has earned one win and two top-five finishes in three starts this season.
* FOR THE RECORD… In 13 starts at the 0.533-mile bullring, Edwards has two wins, three top-five, five top-10 finishes and one pole. His average start is 21.2, and his average finish is 13.3. Edwards has completed 6343 of 6513 (97.4%) laps attempted at Bristol .
* IN THE LOOP … According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last 13 races at Bristol, Edwards has turned 235 of the track’s fastest laps which is seventh highest, spent 3,878 laps (64.5%) in the top 15 and led a total of 282 laps (eighth most).
* ON THE TRACK…The No. 99 will have Scotts EZ Seed as the primary sponsor. The crew will unload RK-709 for the weekend. This car first raced at Charlotte in October, and then went on to win at Homestead in November.
* REWIND, BRISTOL , MARCH 2010…With 50 laps to go Edwards was in ninth place. He was in seventh place when the final caution of the race came on lap 484 for debris. He came to pit road for right-side tires and returned to the track in third place behind his Roush Fenway teammates Greg Biffle and Matt Kenseth with 10 laps to go. Edwards lined up behind Kenseth, but when the green flag flew Kenseth spun his tires which slowed Edwards’ progress. He fell back to sixth before he could get back in line which was where he finished the race.