Carl Edwards – NSCS TALLADEGA ADVANCE
Team: No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-677 Last raced at Daytona in July & Talladega in April
Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
“I don’t know how Talladega will play out. I think it’s going to be tougher. There’s going to be more of a chance for mistakes, more of a chance for having wrecks and engine trouble. I think it’s just going to be more difficult because you’ll have to swap the lead more, and there will just be more guys trying to match their bumpers up and getting frustrated. I think it’s going to be more in the driver’s hands too, so I think that’s good. I think it’ll be better. The harder it is at Talladega, the better it is.”
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
“I think everybody worries about Talladega because of the style of racing that goes on there. We do the best we can to get the car handling well and create a smart pit strategy, but most of this race depends on the driver and the spotter. It’s always a tense race for everyone involved. We’re taking the same car we raced at Daytona in July and Talladega in April, so we know it’s a pretty good car. We just have to hope to avoid the inevitable wrecks to be there at the end to contend for the win.”
* THE CHASE IS ON…With five races remaining, Carl Edwards currently leads the Sprint Cup point standings by five points. He has achieved one win, 16 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes, along with two poles this season.
* FOR THE RECORD… In his previous 14 starts at Talladega, Edwards has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards’ average start at Talladega is 16.4, his average finish is 20.9. Edwards has completed 88.3 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 24 laps.
* ON THE TRACK… The No. 99 Subway team will be unloading chassis RK-677 this weekend at Talladega. This car raced in the Budweiser Shootout in February, Talladega in April and Daytona in July.
* REWIND, TALLADEGA OCTOBER 2010…Edwards ran in the back of the field much of the race hoping to avoid “the big one,” which occurred on the last lap. He avoided the accident, but was 17th when he crossed the last scoring loop before the caution came out, so that is where he was scored to finish the race.