EDWARDS LOOKS TO BREAK MORE RECORDS AT POCONO THIS WEEKEND Frank Kimmel to Sub for Edwards During Cup Qualifying on Saturday Concord, N.C. (July 20, 2005) - It was just six short weeks ago that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup rising-star Carl Edwards...
EDWARDS LOOKS TO BREAK MORE RECORDS AT POCONO THIS WEEKEND
Frank Kimmel to Sub for Edwards During Cup Qualifying on Saturday
Concord, N.C. (July 20, 2005) - It was just six short weeks ago that NASCAR NEXTEL Cup rising-star Carl Edwards brought home his second career win in the series at Pocono Raceway. It was Edwards' first trip to the 2.5-mile track and one that he will never forget. Not only did Edwards pick up Jack Roush's first victory as a car owner at the track, his 29th starting position marked the furthest back anyone had started and won a race there. Edwards was also only the second driver to win at the tri-oval in his first career start at the track. The first was Richard Petty in 1974 when he won the inaugural Cup event there.
"I'm really excited to race at Pocono this weekend," said Edwards. "Our last trip there was awesome. To win there was really special since it was Jack's first win, and I think for us as a team it really demonstrated that our win at Atlanta wasn't just a fluke. I think we have the potential to run really well there this weekend and I think we have the opportunity to possibly get back into the 'Chase'."
Similar to the Pocono race earlier this year, Edwards will fly between two states in order to make both the Busch and Cup races. Edwards will spend Friday in Pocono practicing the No. 99 Office Depot Ford then he will depart for Colorado Springs, CO where he will start the No. 60 Charter Ford in the Busch race on Saturday at Pikes Peak International Raceway. For Saturday's Cup qualifying session, six-time ARCA Champion Frank Kimmel will substitute for Edwards.
"Frank Kimmel is a legend." Edwards continued, "He's an unbelievable driver and I'm excited that he's been kind enough to help us out this weekend. He's had a lot of success, especially at Pocono so I feel real confident that he will do a great job for us. There's no better fit as far as I'm concerned."
Kimmel has 50 career victories to his name and has starts in the Cup, Busch and Truck Series. Kimmel will attempt to qualify the No. 99 Office Depot Ford per NASCAR's rules but Edwards will return to start Sunday's 500-mile race. Because of the driver switch, Edwards will have to start at the back of the field but Kimmel's qualifying position is important as it determines where the team will pick their pit stall for Sunday's race.
Tune into TNT and NBC for all the qualifying and race coverage from Pocono this weekend. And watch for Edwards to break more track records including the ones he's already set.