Martinsville: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway: "We ran really well at Bristol and had three Roush Fenway cars finish in the top six. I'm excited to go to Martinsville. We've had some really good runs there and I want to win one of those clocks...

Carl Edwards on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"We ran really well at Bristol and had three Roush Fenway cars finish in the top six. I'm excited to go to Martinsville. We've had some really good runs there and I want to win one of those clocks so bad. It's a driver's race track and to win there would mean a lot to me. I would really like to get Aflac back into Victory Lane. I haven't had one of the hot dogs yet so I'll have a Martinsville hot dog for the first time and maybe that'll change my luck."J

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Martinsville Speedway:

"Martinsville is a demanding track, both physically and mentally. It's a difficult place to get the car handling just right and the driver has to be patient in traffic to save the brakes. It's a very long race so you can't wear out your brakes in the first half of the race. This will be our first race with the spoiler on the car, but it won't make a difference at a track like Martinsville. We will see the impact of the spoiler in a few weeks in Phoenix."

FAST FACTS

* Carl Edwards enters Martinsville 13th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, 189 markers behind point leader Kevin Harvick. He has earned two top-10 finishes this season.

* FOR THE RECORD... In 11 starts at the 0.526-mile track, Edwards has one top-five and two top-10 finishes. His average start is 19.3, and his average finish is 18.4. Edwards has completed 96.7 percent (5329 of 5511) of laps in Cup competition attempted at Martinsville Speedway.

* Edwards' best career finish at Martinsville came back in 2003, when he finished second in the Camping World Truck Series race. He started that race from the pole.

* IN THE LOOP... According to NASCAR's Loop Statistics compiled over the last 11 races at Martinsville, Edwards has turned 99 of the track's fastest laps (eighth most), spent 2.576 laps in the top 15, but has not led a lap there. Martinsville and Watkins Glen are the only two tracks on the NSCS circuit that he has failed to lead a lap.

* ON THE TRACK... The No. 99 crew will unload RK-605 for the weekend   .
Edwards raced this car at Phoenix last spring where he finished 10th   .

* REWIND, MARTINSVILLE, MARCH 2009... Contact with another competitor on lap 280 cut the left-rear tire of Edwards' Aflac Ford and forced him to pit under green. The untimely stopped proved detrimental as Edwards lost two laps in the pits. Never able to make up the laps, Edwards was scored in 26th place, two laps down to the leaders.

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Carl Edwards