Edwards Looking Forward to First Road Race of the Season

Carl Edwards – NSCS SONOMA ADVANCE

Team:           No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:   Bob Osborne

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Chassis:       RK-816   This is a new car

Edwards, NSCS at Sonoma Raceway:

Date                 Event                           Start     Finish         Laps       Led            Status       Money

6-26-2011         Toyota/Save Mart 350       23         3 110/110      0                Running    $204,791

6-20-2010         Toyota/Save Mart 350       19         29 110/110      0                Running    $108,473

6-21-2009         Toyota/Save Mart 350       34         13 113/113      0                Running    $136,054

6-22-2008         Toyota/Save Mart 350       12         9 112/112      2                Running    $134,725

6-24-2007         Dodge/Save Mart 350        15        18 110/110      12              Running      $87,775

6-25-2006         Dodge/Save Mart 350        20        6 110/110      0               Running     $116,800

6-26-2005         Dodge/Save Mart 350        23        38 107/110      0               Running       $84,440

Cumulative      Races          Wins            Top-5s  Top-10s   Poles         Led                Money

7                   0                  1        3             0            14              $873,058

Carl Edwards on racing at Infineon Raceway:

“Sonoma is one of the most fun tracks we go to.  It is real slippery and it is so much different than what most of us grew up racing, it is a huge challenge.  To me, it is one of the tracks I look forward to the most.  We have had really good races and bad races there but it is challenging.  It is so neat to drive a stock car like that with all the horsepower and you are shifting gears and jumping off curbs and locking up the tires.  There is a lot of driving going on.  It is a very physical race and it is usually hot out there and grueling.  A good run there, to me, is special.  It says a lot about not only the car and team, but there is a lot of pride as a driver to run well because it is so much work.”

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Infineon Raceway:

“We are bringing a new car that tested well at VIR, so I feel confident that we’ll be competitive at Sonoma if everything works out right.  Sonoma is one of those tracks where you have to plan ahead and have some decent strategy you have to stick with the entire race, and either it works for you, or it doesn’t.  Hopefully it goes our way. Carl has become a very good road racer and has two Nationwide wins on road courses.  I know it would mean a lot to him to get a Cup win as well.”

FAST FACTS

CARL EDWARDS enters Sonoma 11th in the Sprint Cup point standings.  In 15 Cup Series starts in 2012, he has accumulated two top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

FOR THE RECORD…Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Sonoma this weekend.  In his previous seven starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes, and has led 14 laps. His average start is 20.9 and his average finish is 16.6.

ON THE TRACK…The Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-816 this weekend to Sonoma.  It is a new car that the team tested at VIR.

REWIND, SONOMA 2011… While several teams pitted during what would be the final caution of the race, Edwards stayed out and moved into fourth place.  The race resumed with nine laps to go and Edwards moved up to second on the restart.  In the final laps Jeff Gordon began to close in on him and took second place with one lap to go.  Edwards held his ground to finish the race in third place.

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