Phoenix: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway: "Phoenix is a track where the driver can make a big difference. No part of the race track is the same as another. You can move the car around the race track and you are able to make your...

Carl Edwards on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"Phoenix is a track where the driver can make a big difference. No part of the race track is the same as another. You can move the car around the race track and you are able to make your car do a lot of things that you can't do at other race tracks. It's a rewarding track. It's one of the most fun, technical tracks we race at and I really love it.

"We did really well in Texas, but had a little trouble in the pits. We have a new tire changer and I'm excited to see how he does. I think the pit stops will be as important as any. Phoenix is a real tight race track, so pit stops will be very important. We have run really well there in the past and have had extremely fast race cars. Hopefully, that's the case this week. We are running well in the points and we just need to have a nice solid run and take advantage of any opportunities that may come. We are running the Subway/Aflac Ford for the first time. There would be nothing cooler to be in victory lane with them for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Phoenix International Raceway:
"We have had very fast race cars in the past at Phoenix but have yet to get the top prize. I am looking forward to the challenge of the coming weekend at Phoenix and finally getting to victory lane. Phoenix is a unique race track in shape and that makes it a challenge relative to car handling -- it's hard to setup the car so the car handles just right.

"I'm also excited to have Subway on board this weekend. They have been a great partner this year, providing sandwiches for our team at several races so far and I hope that we can repay them with a trip to victory lane in the Subway Fresh Fit 500."

FAST FACTS

* Carl Edwards will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Phoenix International Raceway in this weekend's Subway Fresh Fit 500. In his previous nine starts, Edwards has accumulated one pole, four top-five and six top-10 finishes.

* ON THE TRACK...Edwards' No. 99 Ford Fusion will carry the green and yellow colors of Subway. The Subway/Aflac team will be unloading chassis RK-605. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion three times in 2008 and captured two top-five finishes.

* FOR THE RECORD...Edwards' average start at Phoenix is 11.9, his average finish is 13.3. Edwards has one pole at the Arizona track and has led a total of 87 laps there.

* In his last two starts at Phoenix, Edwards scored top-five finishes - bringing home fourth place in both races.

* LAST YEAR...Edwards earned a fourth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in November of 2008, leaving the driver of the No. 99 Ford with a mathematical chance at the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship heading into the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The finish marked Edwards' 18th top-five finish of the 2008 season.

* REWIND TEXAS... No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion team suffered a disappointing day in the Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. After working to correct the loose handling conditions that Edwards reported, the team hit on something on a lap 250 pit stop and by lap 296 the Aflac Ford was leading the race and appeared to be in strong contention for the win. On the No. 99's final trip down pit road a slip-up cost the team significantly and Edwards fell from first to 11th with only 26 laps remaining in competition. Edwards finished the race in 10th place.

* STANDINGS...Edwards enters Phoenix eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 265 markers behind point leader Jeff Gordon. In the seven races held thus far in 2009, Edwards has accumulated one top-five and three top-10 finishes.

* HITTING THE PAVEMENT...Phoenix International Raceway is where Edwards made his first start on a track that wasn't dirt.

-credit: rfr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Carl Edwards