Martinsville II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "Martinsville is unlike any other track we go to. It's essentially two drag strips with a U-turn at each end. It's very hard on the brakes and it's very much a rhythm race track. You use all of...

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Martinsville is unlike any other track we go to. It's essentially two drag strips with a U-turn at each end. It's very hard on the brakes and it's very much a rhythm race track. You use all of your senses there to feel your way around the track. You need to be really aware of the brakes, so you don't overheat the brakes, that's a really big part of running well there. I've had good luck there but I haven't won a race yet so I don't know what it takes to win there. I think I know. I think it takes good patience and good strategy and a fast race car."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Martinsville is a demanding track, both physically and mentally. It's a difficult place to get the car handling just right and the driver has to be patient in traffic to save the brakes. It's a very long race so you can't wear out your brakes in the first half of the race. We are taking a chassis that we haven't raced yet this season, but we had success with it last year. Carl had two solid races there last year so hopefully we can run as well this weekend as we did last fall."

Fast Facts

*Carl Edwards will make his 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the Tums Fast Relief 500. In his previous Cup starts at Martinsville, Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

*FOR THE RECORD... Edwards' average NSCS start at Martinsville is 18.3; his average finish is 18.2 - making the .526-mile Virginia track his eighth worst-qualifying track and his fourth worst-finishing track.

*Martinsville and Watkins Glen are the only tracks on the NSCS circuit that Edwards has failed to lead a lap.

*Edwards' best career finish at Martinsville came back in 2003, when he finished second in the Craftsman Truck Series race. He started that race from the pole.

*REWIND 2008... For a driver that hadn't had much success at Martinsville Speedway, 2008 was the year of career firsts for Edwards. He collected a ninth-place finish in the spring, and topped that in the October race when he finished third. The finish was just what the No. 99 team needed to keep their hopes alive in the 2008 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

*ON THE TRACK...The No. 99 Aflac team will be unloading chassis RK-570 at Martinsville this weekend. Edwards has not raced this car yet in 2009, but ran it most recently at Atlanta where he won, and Dover where he was third in the fall of 2008.

*Edwards is currently 10th in Sprint Cup point standings. He trails the leader, Jimmie Johnson, by 341 points.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards