Fontana II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Auto Club Speedway: "California has been one of my best race tracks in the Cup Series. My first start there, I ran really well and ever since then I've really enjoyed it. It's one of the most fun race tracks to drive on...

Carl Edwards on racing at Auto Club Speedway:
"California has been one of my best race tracks in the Cup Series. My first start there, I ran really well and ever since then I've really enjoyed it. It's one of the most fun race tracks to drive on because there's so many options there as a driver you can race all the way down on the apron or right up against the fence. It's a 500-mile race. It's a long race and it gives the drivers and teams a lot of opportunity to work on the car. We ran really well at Kansas. Greg (Biffle) was fast, I was fast, Jamie was fast, and Matt was fast. I guess all of us were fast. The whole team was fast at Kansas and if we can apply some of what we learned there, we're going to go to California and be aggressive. It couldn't come at a better time."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Auto Club Speedway:
"I am looking forward to California for many reasons. First, Carl always runs well there and enjoys racing there. Also, I think we made some progress on our program last week at Kansas that will carry over to California. We finished 10th at Kansas, and Greg Biffle had a shot at winning so I feel like we may have turned a corner to improving our performance. We gained a position in the Chase points, but we have a long way to go to catch Mark (Martin)."

Fast Facts

*Carl Edwards enters California 10th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 165 markers behind Chase leader Mark Martin. In 29 starts this season, Edwards has accumulated seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes.

*For the record... In 10 starts at the two-mile California track, Edwards has one win, one pole, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.5, and his average finish is 6.7 which is second only to Jimmie Johnson's 6.2. Edwards has completed 2502 of 2505 (99.9%) of laps attempted at the Auto Club Speedway. Of the 2502 laps Edwards has completed, he has led 121 of them.

*In the LOOP... According to NASCAR's Loop Statistics compiled over the last 10 races at Fontana, Edwards has turned 139 of the track's fastest laps, spent 1783 laps in the top 15 and led a total of 121 laps. Edwards' driver rating is fourth best among active drivers.

*Rewind September 2008... Edwards qualified 26th and had to race his way into the top 10, and eventually the top five running has high as second place. He finished in sixth place for his 19th top 10 of the season.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Greg Biffle , Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin