Las Vegas: Carl Edwards preview

EDWARDS AND NO. 99 TEAM HOPE TO MEET LADY LUCK IN VEGAS Concord, NC (March 3, 2005) -- Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Racing team, captained by Bob Osborne, have been quietly establishing themselves as one of the top contending team's in the...

EDWARDS AND NO. 99 TEAM HOPE TO MEET LADY LUCK IN VEGAS

Concord, NC (March 3, 2005) -- Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Roush Racing team, captained by Bob Osborne, have been quietly establishing themselves as one of the top contending team's in the NEXTEL Cup Series. With just 15 career Cup starts under his belt, Edwards has already accrued two top-five and six top-10 finishes, not bad for the Columbia, MO native who wasn't even racing on pavement until a few years ago.

"It's been awesome," said Edwards. "I'm just so excited to get to do this with the opportunity that Jack and all of our sponsors have given me. Our goals this year are to win a race or two and be in the 'Chase' at the end of 26 races. I realize those are pretty lofty goals but I think if we work hard and persevere, we can do it."

The No. 99 team has gotten off to a quick start in 2005. Edwards posted a 12th-place finish in his first career Daytona 500 then followed that up with a fifth place finish at California Speedway in the Auto Club 500 after running up front all day and leading 34 laps. In preparation for the upcoming Las Vegas race, the team tested at the track in February with decent results.

"We had a pretty good test in Vegas, I think we learned quite a bit," said crew chief Osborne. "We are taking the same car we raced at California so we're feeling pretty good about our chances in Las Vegas. If we can just stay focused and be patient, I think we'll be able to win some races before long."

The No. 99 Ford will sport the World Financial Group colors at Las Vegas for the first time in 2005. World Financial Group will also be carried as the primary sponsor on Edwards No. 60 Busch Series car. So far, Edwards has been outstanding in that series as well racking up two top-10 finishes in two starts. He currently sits third in the overall Busch Series point standings as well.

"I'm really looking forward to going to Las Vegas in both the No. 99 and No. 60 World Financial Group Fords," stated Edwards. "We had two great tests in Las Vegas in both cars and I have a lot of faith in both Brad (Parrott, crew chief No. 60 Ford) and Bob to give me everything I need to go out and do my job the best that I can do it."

Momentum is something the No. 99 team seems to have right now and they are hoping to roll that over to Las Vegas. The team hopes to hit the jackpot with RK-272 as they head west again next week to conquer 400 more miles and go one step closer to being in the "Chase for the NEXTEL Cup".

Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates ten motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards; three in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Edwards, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Ricky Craven and Todd Kluever.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kurt Busch , Ricky Craven , Carl Edwards , Todd Kluever , Mark Martin