Edwards Preseason Thunder report 2006-02-02

EDWARDS LEAVES VEGAS AS THE FASTEST "Carl Edwards tops the speed charts at 170.778 mph" Concord, N.C. (February 2, 2006) - Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team have a lot to be proud of this preseason. Edwards leaves the Preseason ...

EDWARDS LEAVES VEGAS AS THE FASTEST

"Carl Edwards tops the speed charts at 170.778 mph"

Concord, N.C. (February 2, 2006) - Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Office Depot team have a lot to be proud of this preseason. Edwards leaves the Preseason Thunder testing in Las Vegas as the fastest car to hit the track. With Roush Racing running the new Ford Fusion in 2006, the test at an intermediate track, like Las Vegas, proves to a bright outlook for the season. Edwards' best time of the two-day practice came in the morning session on Wednesday. The Office Depot Ford Fusion topped out the speed charts at 170.778 mph.

Over the last eight years, Roush Racing has laid great success at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Las Vegas hosted its first Nextel Cup race in 1998, since then Roush drivers have won five of the eight events. Mark Martin won the inaugural race in 1998, and Jeff Burton followed that success winning in both 2000 and 2001. Matt Kenseth then topped off back-to-back wins in 2003 and 2004.

"It was so much fun to be back on the track again," said Edwards. "I like the feel of the new Ford Fusion, it feels pretty good. The Fusion really feels like our cars last year and when they were good last year they were easy to drive. If we can get it a little bit better I think it will be really awesome. I can't wait to get back out here in a month."

Bob Osborne, crew chief of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion agreed, "The Vegas testing went well. This was a great chance for the Office Depot team to really test the new Fusion. We were pleased with our performance and the new package. However, we still have a lot of work to do to be at the level of performance we enjoyed last year."

Edwards will now turn his focus to practicing his No. 60 Ameriquest Ford Fusion during the Busch Series testing in Las Vegas beginning on Monday, February 6th. After the testing next week in Las Vegas, Edwards and both his teams are set to arrive to arrive at Daytona Motor Speedway for Speedweeks 2006.

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia Mich., based Roush Industries that operates 13 motor sports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jaime McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Todd Kluever, Danny O'Quinn Jr. and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Erik Darnell and David Ragan. For more information on Carl Edwards, the No. 99 Office Depot team or any of the Roush Racing drivers and teams log onto www.roushracing.com.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , David Ragan , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn , Mark Martin