Martinsville: Carl Edwards preview

EDWARDS HOPES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS IN MARTINSVILLE "After a successful weekend in Bristol, Edwards hopes to continue his charge" CONCORD, N.C. (March 29, 2006) - After last week's performance at Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards may have...

EDWARDS HOPES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS IN MARTINSVILLE

"After a successful weekend in Bristol, Edwards hopes to continue his charge"

CONCORD, N.C. (March 29, 2006) - After last week's performance at Bristol Motor Speedway, Carl Edwards may have found his niche at short tracks. Columbia, Mo., native, Edwards brought home two top-five finishes this past weekend. While running the No. 60 Ameriquest / Soaring Dreams Ford Fusion in the Busch race, Edward secured a fifth-place finish. Edwards repeated the same effort on Sunday while piloting the No. 99 Office Depot Ford - bringing home his second top-five finish in the Nextel Cup Series by finishing fourth. Edwards hopes this recent success at Bristol Motor Speedway carries over to Martinsville this weekend for the DirecTV 500.

Traditionally, the NASCAR schedule visits a 1.5-mile track between the Bristol and Martinsville weekends, but not this year. Drivers, like Edwards, will be subjected to back-to-back short track racing. Until last week's performance by Edwards, this typically wouldn't bode well for the Office Depot team. However, with a stellar starting position, lighting-quick pit stops and a patient driver, the Office Depot team proved they can run well at these short tracks.

Edwards will have a break this weekend from the double duty he has been pulling in the Busch Series. The Busch Series has its first weekend off since the start of the season. Edwards will return to his Ameriquest Ford Fusion next weekend at Texas Motor Speedway.

Running well at Bristol last weekend was exactly what Edwards and his No. 99 Office Depot team needed. Heading into the Bristol weekend, Edwards found himself in 30th position in the point standings. However, after knocking off a fourth-place finish, Edwards climbed eight spots to the 22nd position and is only 106 points out of 10th place.

Bob Osborne, crew chief for the Office Depot team stated, "the top-five finish at Bristol last weekend is exactly what our team needed. We need to come in each weekend, run in the top five, and continue to position ourselves a bit better in the points. We learned in Bristol that a great qualifying effort really pays for itself during the race. The team is looking forward to Martinsville this weekend and hope we can have the same success as Bristol."

Edwards hopes his success at Bristol carries over into this weekend at Martinsville. "It would be huge to have a good weekend in Martinsville," said Edwards. "We proved to ourselves that we can run really well at a short track if we prepare properly and get a little bit of good luck and hopefully we can carry that into Martinsville. We have a great new Ford Fusion; it's a different chassis and something we haven't tried yet at short tracks. We feel it is the next evolution in our program. And I think we are going to run pretty well this weekend."

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Enterprises that operates 13 motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, six in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, Todd Kluever and Danny O'Quinn, Jr., and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with Martin, David Ragan and Erik Darnell.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Jamie McMurray , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Erik Darnell , Danny O'Quinn