Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "I have three goals for 2009: win a championship, win a road course race and win at Martinsville. These are my three goals. We have run better and better each time we have gone to Martinsville.
Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"I have three goals for 2009: win a championship, win a road course race and win at Martinsville. These are my three goals. We have run better and better each time we have gone to Martinsville. We finished third last time. This is the most I have looked forward to going there to continue to get better. It has been one of the most challenging and toughest tracks for me. I look forward to doing better this weekend and hopefully getting a win in the Aflac Ford Fusion."
Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Martinsville Speedway:
"Statistically speaking, Martinsville has been a tough track for the Aflac team, but over the past few races I have become fonder of Martinsville. It has taken us a long time to develop a setup that works fairly well and we've had some decent runs there. As everyone knows Martinsville can bite at any moment but I feel we can be competitive there. I am looking for a good run this weekend. We've had some
disappointing races this year and we have to turn that around if we're going to stay in contention for the championship."
* Carl Edwards will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Martinsville Speedway this weekend in the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500. In his previous Cup starts at Martinsville, Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.
* FOR THE RECORD... Edwards' average NSCS start at Martinsville is 19.8; his average finish is 17.3 - making the .527-mile Virginia track his fourth worst-qualifying track and his fifth worst-finishing track.
* Martinsville and Watkins Glen are the only tracks on the NSCS circuit that Edwards has failed to lead a lap.
* Edwards' best career finish at Martinsville came back in 2003, when he finished second in the Craftsman Truck Series race. He started that race from the pole.
* ON THE TRACK...The No. 99 Aflac team will be unloading chassis No. RK-587 at Martinsville this weekend. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion five times in 2008, most notably at Pocono in August where he started 15th and finished first.
* Edwards is currently fifth in Sprint Cup point standings. He trails the leader, Jeff Gordon, by 129 points.
* To hear Carl Edwards give you his take on racing at Martinsville