* By The Numbers: Edwards Goes For Double, Triple, Quadruple At Nashville * Get Set For "Old School" NASCAR Busch Series Racing This Weekend Guitar Man: Edwards Goes For Third Straight Win At Nashville DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2007) -- Is...
* By The Numbers: Edwards Goes For Double, Triple, Quadruple At Nashville
* Get Set For "Old School" NASCAR Busch Series Racing This Weekend
Guitar Man: Edwards Goes For Third Straight Win At Nashville
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 5, 2007) -- Is he going for a two-fer? A sweep? A three-peat? What about four on the floor?
Whatever the term, Carl Edwards (No. 60 Dish Network Ford) aims to continue his hot streak -- in the season and at Nashville Superspeedway, site of Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 300.
Let's review the definitions:
* "Two-fer" -- Edwards looks to win his second race in a row. He won at Dover International Speedway last Saturday. He won back-to-back races earlier this year at Bristol Motor Speedway and the first race at Nashville.
* "Sweep" -- Edwards won at Nashville in April and seeks to become the first driver to capture both races in the same season at the track.
* "Three-peat" -- In addition to his victory last April, Edwards also carries the distinction of defending race winner, having won this event one year ago. In the process, he became just the second driver to win more than one race at the 1.33-mile concrete oval. Scott Riggs won in 2002 and again in '03.
* "Four on the floor" -- The series points leader is also the season leader in victories with three. A fourth win would not only pad that lead but put him in pretty exclusive company.
Since the series' inception in 1982, only seven drivers have won four or more races through the first 15 events of the season.
Two-time series champion Sam Ard had six wins in the first 15 races in 1984 to lead the group. Another two-time champion, Martin Truex Jr., is the last driver to register four wins after 15 races when he did so in 2004. Truex went on to win six races that year. The series record for wins in a season is held by Ard with 10 in 1983.
Back To Basics: Saturday Night At Nashville Returns Series To Roots
The entry list for Nashville is a combination of series veterans and new faces -- a mix that give this race the true feel of a NASCAR Busch Series event.
Bobby Hamilton Jr., Jason Keller (No. 11 CJM Racing Chevrolet) and David Green (No. 91 YRT2 Toyota) -- the 1994 series champion who won at Nashville in 2003 -- are veterans who call the series home. The trio will be on a series track together for the first time since the Michigan race in 2004.
The race will also help introduce fans to new faces, including Green's teammate Bobby Santos (No. 92 Riley-D'Hondt Motorsports Toyota); Kevin Harvick Inc. teammates Cale Gale (No. 33 Camping World Chevrolet) and Kertus Davis (No. 77 Dollar General Chevrolet), Timothy Peters (No. 21 AutoZone Chevrolet) and 20-year-old Chase Miller (No. 9 Lipton Dodge) who will make his series debut for Evernham Motorsports.
The infusion of fresh names adds to some talented up-and-coming young series regulars who are poised to take advantage of their opportunity at Nashville -- like Steve Wallace (No. 66 HomeLife Communities Dodge), Stephen Leicht (No. 90 CitiFinancial Ford), Aric Almirola (No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet), Danny O'Quinn Jr. (No. 56 Power Equipment Co. Ford), last year's Raybestos Rookie of the Year.
In The Loop: Edwards Strong At Nashville, But Series Regulars Have High Marks, Too
If this weekend's NASCAR Busch Series race at Nashville Superspeedway is anything like the event this past April, expect lots of competitive balance in the equation.
The April race, won by Carl Edwards, had nine different leaders -- six of which led at least 20 laps.
In the end, Edwards proved to be the class of the field, but he had stiff competition from the likes of David Reutimann (No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota), Jason Leffler (No. 38 Great Clips Toyota) and Shane Huffman (No. 88 U. S. NAVY Chevrolet).
Reutimann, who led 35 laps in a second-place finish, had a second-best Driver Rating of 123.9, a second-best Average Running Position of 4.347, 10 Fastest Laps Run (third-most) and the third-fastest Green Flag Speed at 160.060 mph. His first national series win in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition came at the track.
Leffler also challenged for the win. He led 38 laps that race, had a Driver Rating of 118.8 (third-best), an Average Running Position of 4.444 and had 24 Fastest Laps Run which was second-most.
Huffman, another of the series' key regulars, had an Average Running Position of 5.080 and a Driver Rating of 114.2 in the April Nashville race.
But it was Edwards who placed himself at the top of most of the Loop Data categories. He had race-best figures in Average Running Position (3.382), Driver Rating (144.5), Fastest Laps Run (65) and Green Flag Speed (160.449 mph).
Another driver to watch Saturday is Nashville's favorite son, Bobby Hamilton Jr. (No. 35 McDonald's Ford). He finished ninth in April and scored an impressive Average Running Position of 7.756 and a Driver Rating of 101.1. He also ranked second in Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green) with 32.
Clint Bowyer is another driver who has had past success at Nashville. Though he did not race there in April, he will pull double duty this weekend and race in Nashville and at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Pocono. He won at Nashville in 2005 and finished second in both races there in 2006. At Nashville, he has a series-best Driver Rating of 128.4 and an Average Running Position of 4.434.