Martinville II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville: "Martinsville is a track that I've really had a tough time at over the years. It's probably one of the toughest tracks for me in the Cup car, but I'm still really looking forward to the race. Track position...

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville:
"Martinsville is a track that I've really had a tough time at over the years. It's probably one of the toughest tracks for me in the Cup car, but I'm still really looking forward to the race. Track position is so important at Martinsville and in Car of Tomorrow races, if we can have a decent qualifying run in the Office Depot Ford I think we can race well there. We haven't had a good Cup race there yet, but we've got a great Car of Tomorrow program, so it should be good. A lot can happen in 500 laps and at Martinsville things like pit strategy and tire management can make or break you. Hopefully things will fall into place and our Office Depot team will continue to make strides towards the Championship."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Martinsville:
"Martinsville is a difficult track. I would say it's one of the tracks we've struggled the most with. But, it's a Car of Tomorrow race and the Office Depot team has had a lot of success recently in our Car of Tomorrow program, so hopefully this weekend will be no exception. Qualifying will be key, because it's so hard to pass in the Car of Tomorrow and at a short-track like Martinsville once can easily be lapped. This will be a tough track for us but I feel confident in our team and driver and am looking forward to a strong finish."

Fast Facts

*Carl Edwards is currently fifth in the 'Chase' for the NEXTEL Cup with 5640 points, 240 points behind the leader, Jeff Gordon

*Edwards will make his sixth Cup start at Martinsville this weekend. Edwards has completed 94% of the laps attempted at Martinsville

*Edwards captured his best NNCS finish (12th place) at Martinsville in October of last year

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

*City of Hope--Edwards will show his support for City of Hope by wearing a special firesuit and helmet in the Subway 500. Fans will be given an opportunity to bid on the firesuit and helmet in an online auction that will last through November 5 and can be accessed by visiting http://stores.ebay.com/Roush-Racing-Memorabilia.

*The Chase is On-- Catch Edwards every Thursday night on the SPEED Channel at 8:00 PM (ET), as he and NASCAR broadcaster Steve Byrnes recap the races in the 'Chase' for the NEXTEL Cup

*Worklife Rewards: Special Promotion - Use The Card and You Can Win The Car: As part of its new Worklife Rewards* program, Office Depot is offering Worklife Rewards* members a unique opportunity to win a one-of-a-kind Roush Stage 3 Mustang. Every time customers use their Worklife Rewards card, they are entered to win a special Roush Stage 3 Mustang. Check out www.myworkliferewards.com. Sweepstakes ends October 20th

*Office Depot Store No. 2604 from Highland Village, Tex. is this week's sales winner and will ride along on the No. 99 at Martinsville this weekend

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Carl Edwards