Michigan II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "I started my first Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan. It's real special to me for that reason. It's always an important race to me and the series because it is right in Ford Motor ...

Carl Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"I started my first Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan. It's real special to me for that reason. It's always an important race to me and the series because it is right in Ford Motor Company's backyard and Roush Industries is right up the road as well. We have had a lot of success there including a big win there last year. The race takes a whole team effort. It's fast and you have to have a good engine and good pit stops. I feel a lot of confidence that we can put our Aflac Ford in Victory Lane."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a fun race track. It is fairly smooth and has a low banking angel, so we can be very aggressive with our setup. Michigan has always been a great track for the Aflac team and we're excited to return to a place where we've had so much success. For the 99 team, Michigan is extra special for several reasons - it's the site of Carl's first Cup start, where he made his 100th start and where we've won a couple of times. I know to win there this weekend would mean a lot to Jack too, since his hometown is just up the road. It would also be a great boost for all of our friends at Ford."

FAST FACTS

*CARL EDWARDS enters Michigan sixth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Edwards is 553 markers behind leader, Tony Stewart. In 2009, Edwards has achieved six top-five and 10 top-10 finishes.

*FOR THE RECORD...Edwards will make his 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in the Carfax 400. In his previous 10 starts, Edwards has two wins, six top-fives, and nine top-10 finishes.

*Edwards' average start at Michigan is 19.4, his average finish is 6.3. The Columbia, Mo., native has completed 100% of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only once in his previous 10 starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

*SO YOU KNOW... Edwards made his Cup Series debut at Michigan in August 2004. He started that race 23rd and finished 10th. Edwards also made his 100th Cup start at MIS in June of 2007. He went on to win that race.

*ON THE TRACK... The No. 99 Aflac crew will be unloading chassis 639. Edwards last raced this car at Michigan in June where he finished fourth and led one lap.

*REWIND, MICHIGAN - August 2008...Edwards swept the weekend at Michigan, picking up the wins in both Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide Series and Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. Edwards' win on Sunday was his fifth of the 2008 season, inching him closer to point leader Kyle Busch heading into The Chase.

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch