Loudon: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "The Aflac team has had a few good weeks lately and we need to continue to build on that and continue to improve each week. Hopefully we'll have a good run at Loudon this week and work to ...

Carl Edwards on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"The Aflac team has had a few good weeks lately and we need to continue to build on that and continue to improve each week. Hopefully we'll have a good run at Loudon this week and work to solidify our place in the Chase. Loudon is the first track we race in the Chase, so we need to learn all that we can this weekend so that we can apply it to the race in September.

"Michigan is considered the home track for Ford and Jack (Roush), but with Boston just up the road from New Hampshire, Loudon is another home track for us at Roush Fenway. A win this weekend in the Aflac Ford would be very special."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"Loudon has been a struggle as of late for the 99 program. We made some gains at the second race there last year and look to improve again this weekend. It's flat, it's fast and is really a driver's track, but the driver can't do but so much - we'll have to give Carl a good car that handles well. If we do our part, he'll have no problem getting a good finish for us."

FAST FACTS

* CARL EDWARDS enters the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 313 markers behind point leader Tony Stewart. In 16 starts this season, Edwards has accumulated four top-five and eight top-10 finishes.

* FOR THE RECORD...In nine NSCS starts at NHMS, Edwards has achieved two top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* Edwards' best finish at Loudon is second place, captured in July of 2006, and his best start was in September of 2008, where he rolled off second, however qualifying was cancelled due to rain and the grid was set by owners' points.

* Edwards has completed 2691 of 2692 (99%) of the laps he has attempted at Loudon and has led 63 laps.

* FLAT TRACKS: Loudon and Pocono tie at 12.9 for Edwards' average finish - not far behind is Phoenix where his average finish is 13.0. All three tracks are similar in that each is flat with very little banking...coincidence???

* ON THE TRACK...The No. 99 Aflac team will be bringing RK-647 this weekend to New Hampshire. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion at Richmond in May of this year. He started 37th and finished 26th.

tied him with Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series point lead.

* SO YOU KNOW...Edwards picked up his first NASCAR Nationwide Series win of the 2009 season last week at Milwaukee.

* HOMETOWN BOY...Norm Lowe, catch can man for the No. 99 Aflac team considers Loudon his home track. Orginally from Webster, Mass., (about 40 minutes south of the track), Lowe moved to North Carolina in 1999. He has been employed with Roush Fenway Racing since 2003

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards
Teams Roush Fenway Racing