Bristol: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway: "It's great to be heading to Bristol Motor Speedway with our Aflac Ford Fusion. It goes without saying that it's one of the most exciting race tracks in the world, period. There are 160,000...

Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"It's great to be heading to Bristol Motor Speedway with our Aflac Ford Fusion. It goes without saying that it's one of the most exciting race tracks in the world, period. There are 160,000 fans, you know, that turn the place into a coliseum. It's such a fast half-mile race track and the history of the great finishes and the great races at Bristol is what makes it such a great place. It's just fun!

"We have had a bunch of success there, including two wins and I am really looking forward to the race. The first key to winning at Bristol is qualifying. You have to qualify well. Secondly, your car has to handle well. You don't want to fight a car for 500 laps at Bristol. It seems in the end to come down to the smallest things like where you restart, a lot of times you end up rubbing on people and they do the same to you. You see a lot of wild finishes like that. Overall, you have to be tough all day with the grind, and you have to be able to deal with it until the end. There's 450 laps and then there's the sprint at the finish - hopefully my No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion will be up front at the end."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:

"You would think that I'd be really excited to go to Bristol this weekend, seeing as we've won there twice in the past two years. And, don't get me wrong, I'm always excited to go racing, but the day race at Bristol isn't really what I'd call my favorite. Not really sure why, but we typically don't run as well there in March as we do in August and the day race doesn't seem to have the same excitement as the night race does.

"Either way, we're bringing a car capable of winning, the same car we won with there in August. Our goal is unload fast, qualify well, lead laps and win the race - if we can do that, the Bristol day race may become one of my favorites."

FAST FACTS

* Carl Edwards will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend in the Food City 500. In his previous Cup starts at BMS, Edwards has one pole, two wins, three top-five and four top-10 finishes.

* FOR THE RECORD... Edwards' average NSCS start at Bristol Motor Speedway is 21.6; his average finish is 13.8. Edwards has completed 96.2% of the all laps attempted at Bristol.

* Edwards has won races at Bristol Motor Speedway in all three of NASCAR's elite series.

* Bristol is the only track on the Cup circuit where Edwards has started from the pole and won the race. He completed this feat in August of 2008.

* REWIND 2008... Edwards came into Bristol Motor Speedway as one of the hottest drivers in NASCAR. Having scored wins in two of the last three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, Edwards continued his roll by picking up his first pole of the 2008 season. Not content to finish second, Edwards utilized the bump-and-run with 30 laps to go and put his No. 99 Ford to the front of the field, and would hold on to pick up his sixth win of the 2008 season.

* A WINNING PIECE...The No. 99 Aflac team will be unloading chassis No. RK-596 at Bristol this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards raced to victory lane in his last outing at Bristol.

* Edwards is currently fourth in Sprint Cup point standings. He trails the leader, Jeff Gordon by just 87 points.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Carl Edwards