Loudon II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway: "I think Loudon is a good race track. I really enjoy it and have had a lot of success there. Hopefully, we can run like Greg (Biffle) and I ran a year ago. We went in there and Greg won,...

Carl Edwards on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"I think Loudon is a good race track. I really enjoy it and have had a lot of success there. Hopefully, we can run like Greg (Biffle) and I ran a year ago. We went in there and Greg won, and I finished third and that's what we need to do. We just need to get off to a good start. So much can happen, especially with double-file restarts there. That could be rough, so we've got to stay out of that stuff.

"I think the biggest challenge this weekend will be double-file restarts and getting our setup right. It's a short race, so qualifying will be important. It's just the regular stuff we deal with at Loudon trying to get track position."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
"Now that we've made the Chase, it's time to focus on the last 10 races. We are going to race for points for a while and see how things shake out. There is no reason to end any chance at the championship in the first couple of races. Although the statistics don't show it, we have actually had very good cars and Carl has raced very well at Loudon. We have not had the best of luck and that shows in our record. 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 ninth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 40 markers behind point leader Mark Martin. In 26 starts this season, Edwards has accumulated seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.

*THE CHASE IS ON...This is Edwards' fourth year in The Chase. In the 50 Chase races to date, he was won six, and has 20 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes. He starts the 2009 Chase in ninth place, 40 points out of the lead.

*FOR THE RECORD...In 10 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 canceled due to rain and the grid was set by owners' points.

*Edwards has completed 2964 of 2965 (99%) of the laps he has attempted at Loudon and has led 63 laps.

*ON THE TRACK...The No. 99 Aflac team will be bringing RK-647 this weekend to New Hampshire. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion at New Hampshire in June of this year. He started fifth and finished 19th.

*REWIND, LOUDON SEPTEMBER 2008... Edwards credited crew chief Bob Osborne for turning around what appeared to be a disastrous weekend in the making. Edwards and the No. 99 team struggled with an ill-handling Ford Fusion in all three of the weekend's practice sessions, but major last-minute changes made to the setup resulted in a third-place finish to open the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Edwards' finish tied him with Jimmie Johnson for the Sprint Cup Series point lead.

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin