Carl Edwards – NSCS CHICAGO ADVANCE
Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-788 – New car
Carl Edwards on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
“There couldn’t be a better track to go to for the first race of the Chase than Chicago. Since it’s a day race this time hopefully it will be hot and slick, it will be a lot of fun and a tough race. It will be a lot like Atlanta was since it’s got some age to it. We’ve run really well on the 1.5-mile tracks so we should be really good.”
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Chicagoland Speedway:
“I’m looking forward to getting back to the 1.5-mile tracks like Chicago. Carl runs really well at those types of tracks so we are certainly hoping to have a strong finish for the Aflac team. Tracks like Chicago and Kansas seem like cookie cutter-type tracks but actually they all have their own unique characteristics, and running at Chicago always makes for some great racing. This should be a good track for us to kick of the 2011 Chase.”
* CARL EDWARDS enters Chicago fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase point standings, nine points behind the leader. In 26 starts, Edwards has accumulated one win, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes.
* THE CHASE IS ON…This will be Edwards’ sixth appearance in the Chase in seven full seasons of Cup competition.
* FOR THE RECORD…Edwards will make his seventh Cup start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has two top-five and two top-10 finishes. His average start is 17.8 and his average finish is 18.3.
* IN THE LOOP…According to NASCAR’s Loop Data, acquired over the past six races at Chicagoland, Edwards has turned 93 of the fastest laps in Cup competition. He has spent 985 laps in the top 15.
* ON THE TRACK…The No. 99 Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-788 to Chicago. This is a brand new car.
* CHICAGO, July 2010… After qualifying 11th and running in the top 15 all night, Edwards had the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion in second place with 27 laps to go. He was gaining on the leader nearly every lap but in the end did not have enough time to catch him to contend for the win.