Daytona 500: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards -- NSCS ADVANCE Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion Crew Chief: Bob Osborne Chassis: RK-629, Brand-new chassis FAST FACTS * Carl Edwards will make his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway on...

Carl Edwards -- NSCS ADVANCE
Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-629, Brand-new chassis

FAST FACTS

* Carl Edwards will make his ninth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, February 15 in the Daytona 500.

* For the record... In eight starts at the 2.5-mile Florida track, Edwards has two top-five and two top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.9, his average finish is 21.9.

* Edwards has completed 1307 of 1405 (90.1%) of laps attempted at Daytona. Of the 1307 laps Edwards has completed, he has led only three laps -- two in July of 2006 and one in July of 2008.

* Rewind... Edwards' best finish at Daytona came in July of 2008. After starting mid-pack, Edwards experienced many of the highs and lows that restrictor plate racing can produce. But fortunately he experienced his highs at the right time, in the closing stages of the 400-mile race. Despite a strong run, Edwards came up just inches short of picking up the victory and took the checkers in second place.

* Bud Shootout...Edwards started the Bud Shootout in 11th place. He led twice for 11 laps and finished in seventh place, his career-best showing in the Shootout.

* Edwards has one win at Daytona International Speedway. In February of 2004 he drove the No. 99 Superchips F-150 to his first truck win of the season

* On the track... The No. 99 Aflac team will be bringing chassis RK-629 to Daytona this weekend for the Daytona 500. This is a brand new Ford Fusion.

* For more information on Carl Edwards and the "Duck", please visit www.aflacracing.com .

*** Carl Edwards on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"Going into Daytona, I try to think of this season coming up as an extension of last season because we finished so strong. You know there's no more fun place to go than Daytona for the Daytona 500, especially on a clean slate where everyone's tied for the lead in points. There's not a lot of pressure. You've got time still to settle down and make up for the mistakes you make in Daytona. So to me the way the Chase is structured this is really a fun, low stress event as far as points are concerned. It's a race you want to win as much as any other race, maybe more. It's gonna be fun. I'm real excited about going to Daytona.

"The biggest challenge at Daytona is not to make that mistake that puts you in a hole. You've got to balance the enthusiasm to win the Daytona 500 with a little bit of restraint, knowing that coming out of there with a 40th-place finish doesn't help your season. It is a little bit tough because it is the Daytona 500."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Daytona International Speedway:
"The Daytona 500, with all of its tradition is extremely exciting to be a part of and I can't wait for the 500 to get under way. It's a very challenging race for me personally because the handling of the car changes so much throughout the race. Hopefully, we'll be on our toes, make the right adjustments and have the setup perfect for the end.

"A solid run at Daytona will be important to our Aflac team. Anything can happen there, but I feel that with smart racing, we'll be in good shape. We just need to finish up front and I know we can do that."

-credit: rfr

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