Carl Edwards – GOBOWLING.COM 400
Team: No. 99 Fastenal Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: RK- 808 last ran at Pocono
RK – 826 backup for Indianapolis
Carl Edwards… enters the weekend third in the series points’ standings. This season, Edwards has one win, six top-five, ten top-10 finishes and one pole.
· Edwards at Pocono… In 17 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Edwards has two wins, five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. He has an average start of 18.0 and an average finish of 13.5.
· In the Loop… According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last 17 races at Pocono, Edwards has turned 175 of the track’s fastest laps which is fifth highest and led a total of 221 laps (fourth highest). Edwards’ driver rating (97.8) is sixth best among active drivers.
· The Car… The Blue Team will unload RK – 808 which last ran in the Party in the Poconos 400 in June. Edwards brought the No. 99 Ford to an 18th-place finish.
· Primary Sponsor Note… Fastenal will return as the primary sponsor of the No. 99 Ford, with supplier brands PowerPhase, Loctite, Krylon and Fluke on the hood, TV panel, deck lid and B-post.
Edwards quotes on the Pocono 400
“Pocono is a big, fast and difficult race track. It’s difficult because it takes every part of your car and team working perfectly to win there. We’ve got two victories and those were days when everything was going right. You have to have a great engine, great pit crew, great strategy and fuel mileage; you have to have the car setup perfectly. It’s a really difficult race track. We’ve also had troubles there and with the new pavement, we’ve yet to come out and have a dominant race at Pocono.”
“We feel that our qualifying at Indy was really good, and Pocono is similar to Indy in a number of ways so we’re hoping we can get the pole there. The first half of the race at Indy we were really strong and we just struggled on one restart. We’re hoping we can take the strong run we had during the first half of the race at Indy and run that way the whole day at Pocono. We have not been as fast as we need to be for the last couple of months and I think every Ford is coming to Pocono with one thing in mind and that’s a victory. It’d be nice for Fastenal to get that victory. It’d be great to get those extra bonus points headed towards the stretch before the chase starts. At the end of the day it’s a fun race track so hopefully we can come out of there with a smile.”