Edwards Looking for Hometown Win at Kansas


Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

Crew Chief: Bob Osborne

American Muscle

Chassis: RK-814 This is a new car

Edwards, NSCS at Kansas Speedway:

Date Event S F Laps Led Status Money

10-9-11 Hollywood Casino 400 2 5 272/272 0 Running $169,441

6-5-11 STP 400 7 5 267/267 29 Running $154,391

10-3-10 Price Chopper 400 31 6 267/267 2 Running $154,473

10-4-09 Price Chopper 400 17 10 267/267 1 Running $150,131

9-28-08 Camping World 400 34 2 267/267 31 Running $259,575

9-30-07 Kansas 400 27 37 181/210 0 Accident $ 86,925

10-1-06 Banquet 400 27 6 267/267 7 Running $124,350

10-9-05 Banquet 400 5 3 267/267 1 Running $176,625

10-10-04 Banquet 400 16 22 267/267 0 Running $ 69,650

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

Cumulative 9 0 4 7 0 71 $1,345,561

Carl Edwards on racing at Kansas Speedway:

“There would be no bigger win on the circuit than Kansas for me. If I had to choose winning one race throughout the year, this would be the one I pick. The amount of pride that I would have winning that close to home and in front of so many people that are friends of mine, and people that have helped me would be huge. We have had some pretty good mile-and-a-half race cars and we get two shots at it each year. That race for me, whether it is right or wrong, I will put as much emphasis or pressure on myself as I can to go win there.”

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Kansas Speedway:

“I think everyone on this team knows how important this race is to Carl. This is his home track and a win at Kansas would be huge for him. We are taking another new car to the track this weekend. We had a good car in Texas last week, but we had to spend most of the race recovering from an issue in the pits which set us back. This week we hope to qualify well, be mistake free and be in contention to win.”

Fast Facts

CARL EDWARDS enters Kansas 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. In seven starts this season, Edwards has accumulated two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

FOR THE RECORD…Edwards will make his 10th Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend. In his previous starts, Edwards has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.4 and his average finish is 10.7. His best finish (second) came in 2008.

IN THE LOOP… According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last nine races at Kansas, Edwards has turned 113 of the track’s fastest laps which is fourth highest, spent 1368 laps (65.6%) in the top 15 (sixth highest) and led a total of 71 laps (eighth highest). Edwards’ driver rating (97.3) is sixth best among active drivers.

HOME TRACK… Edwards is a native of, and currently resides in Columbia, Mo. Only 130 miles away, he considers Kansas Speedway his home track in the Sprint Cup Series.

ON THE TRACK…The Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-814 to Kansas. This is a brand new car.

REWIND, KANSAS, June 2011… The final 100 laps came down to pit strategy and keeping up with the changing track conditions in the heat of the afternoon. With 20 laps to go Edwards brought the Aflac Ford to pit road for the final time for two tires and fuel. He was sixth with 10 laps to go as a few more cars pitted for fuel. The top three finishers were able to make it to the checkered flag without stopping again which left Edwards in fifth place.

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