Richmond: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Richmond International Raceway: "It's been a pretty hectic week. But, my main focus now is Richmond and winning there. My Aflac team has been improving each week and I'm looking forward to a strong finish Saturday ...

Carl Edwards on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"It's been a pretty hectic week. But, my main focus now is Richmond and winning there. My Aflac team has been improving each week and I'm looking forward to a strong finish Saturday night."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Richmond International Raceway:

"Like I said last week, drafting was the key to winning the race and we had a really good push there at the end and came down too hard and well, everyone knows what happened from there. I do know one thing though, we are very lucky no one was severely hurt. Carl is fine and after examining the car post-race I found the driver compartment was virtually un-damaged. All the safety precautions and preventative steps NASCAR enforces regarding driver safety really came through.

"Now, wrecking is just part of racing, and one thing you must have in this business to succeed is a short memory. With that being said, having a strong run at Richmond is my main focus this week. We haven't had the best finishes there yet, but I hope to change that this weekend."

FAST FACTS

* Carl Edwards will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend in the Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400.

* FOR THE RECORD... Edwards has just three top-10 finishes at Richmond. He has led 15 laps and completed 93.9% of the laps he has attempted at the 0x00be-mile D-shaped oval.

* Richmond tops Edwards' list for average starting position at 9.9, however ties Martinsville as Edwards' fourth worst average finish at 18.2.

* REWIND SEPTEMBER 2008... Edwards battled adversity to bring home a 13th-place finish at Richmond International Raceway during the rain-postponed race in September 2008. Edwards had one of the fastest cars on the racetrack, but a cut tire and late-race incident mired the driver back in traffic and thwarted a top-10 finish.

* ON THE TRACK... The No. 99 team will be bringing chassis RK-587 to Richmond this weekend. This chassis last raced at Martinsville in March, where Edwards looked to be on his way to a top-five finish before cutting a tire and ultimately finishing two laps down. Edwards most notably raced this Ford Fusion at Pocono Raceway in August of 2008, where Edwards scored the win. This chassis was raced four times in 2008, and achieved top-10 finishes in each race, but one (Richmond in May - seventh, Pocono in June - ninth, Pocono in August - first and Richmond in September - 13th).

* STANDINGS...Despite a wild and wooly Talladega finish, Edwards gained a spot in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. He currently trails the leader, Kurt Busch by 180 points.

* NO. 99 AFLAC TEAM...Welcomes back front tire carrier Jeremy Dyer. Dyer was sidelined for the first nine races due to a knee injury.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards