Edwards Looks to Regain Points in California

[media-credit name=”autoclubspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”200″][/media-credit]Carl Edwards – NSCS CALIFORNIA ADVANCE

Team:           No. 99 Subway Ford Fusion

Crew Chief:   Bob Osborne


American Muscle

Chassis:       RK-782    Last ran at Phoenix Nov. ’11; finished 2nd

Edwards, NSCS at Auto Club Speedway:

Date        Event                       S         F       Laps Led       Status            Money

3-27-11     Auto Club 400         18        6     200/200       0   Running        $149,591

10-10-10   Pepsi MAX 400        20       34    187/200       0 Running        $106,848

2-21-10     Auto Club 500         31       13     250/250       0   Running        $134,148

10-11-09   Pepsi 500               11        6      250/250       0     Running        $158,356

2-22-09     Auto Club 500         25        7      250/250       1    Running        $155,181

8-31-08     Pepsi 500               26        6      250/250       0      Running        $153,300

2-25-08     Auto Club 500          9         1      250/250      64    Running        $340,500

9-2-07       Sharp Aquos 500    19        2      250/250       0 Running        $185,450

2-25-07     Auto Club 500         21       29     247/250       0   Running        $  92,200

9-3-06       Sony HD 500          24        4      250/250       2    Running        $142,725

2-26-06     Auto Club 500         22        3      251/251       0    Running        $165,550

9-4-05       California 500           1         4     254/254      21       Running        $152,125

2-27-05     Auto Club 500        19         5     250/250       33   Running        $125,600

9-5-04       Pop Secret 500      19         6     250/250       0   Running         $136,792

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

Cumulative             14               1          6              11           1         121         $2,198,366

QUOTES

Carl Edwards on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

“I can’t wait to run at Fontana.  After Bristol I am headed there to win.  My team did a great job of getting me back out on the track last week and now it is time to concentrate on Auto Club Speedway.  It’s a very fast two-mile track; very similar to Michigan with a lot of room to race.  It’s a lot of fun and is great racing.  Our team has had a lot of success there and we are very determined to make a good run for Subway and all my fans.”

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Auto Club Speedway:

“Historically California has been a really good track for Carl.  He has finished in the top 10 in all but three of his Cup races there. We are taking a car that ran well for us in the last half of the season in 2011.  We lost some points with the accident in Bristol, so this weekend we need a solid run to help regain some of those points and get back in the top 10 in the standings.”

FAST FACTS

Carl Edwards enters California 14th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 50 points behind leader Greg Biffle.  He has earned one top-five, two top-10 finishes and one pole in four starts this season.

FOR THE RECORD… In 14 starts at the two-mile California track, Edwards has one win, one pole, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.9, and his average finish is 9.0 which is second best among active drivers.  Edwards has completed 3389 of 3405 (99.5%) of laps attempted at Auto Club Speedway.

IN THE LOOP… According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last 14 races at Fontana, Edwards has turned 153 of the track’s fastest laps (sixth best), spent 2343 laps in the top 15 and led a total of 121 laps. Edwards’ driver rating is sixth best among active drivers.

ON THE TRACK…The No. 99 crew will unload RK-782 this weekend. This car most recently finished second at Phoenix last November.  It also ran at both New Hampshire races in 2011 finishing eighth and 13th.

REWIND, CALIFORNIA, March 2011… Edwards struggled with the handling of his car, but with the right adjustments and good pit strategy in the closing laps he was able to finish sixth and take the point lead.


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