Michigan: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway: "We run really well at Michigan. It was the site of my first Cup race in 2004. It's right in Ford Motor Company's backyard. It's right in Roush Fenway's backyard. Those wins at...

Carl Edwards on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"We run really well at Michigan. It was the site of my first Cup race in 2004. It's right in Ford Motor Company's backyard. It's right in Roush Fenway's backyard. Those wins at Michigan are special because of the looks on Jack's face and the Ford guys' when you get out of the car in Victory Lane. It would be a really cool place to win.

"I always say Darlington is my favorite race track, but Michigan is becoming a close second. Michigan has a lot of personal history for me and I'm always glad to go there - it's where I made my first Cup start, where I made my 100th start and where I broke a 52-race winless streak with a win in June of 2007 - the Aflac team also picked up a win there last year. It's a great track with some really awesome racing. You can pass and I think the fans always see a good show there. Michigan is a kind of bragging rights track. It's in Roush's back yard, Ford's back yard - so another win there would be huge.

"The competition has become much closer lately. It's more intense now than ever. Since I've been racing in the Cup Series, it seems that literally almost every week, and definitely every year the competition has become more intense and closer. I'd say its tougher now than ever. So, winning is huge and I'm looking forward to doing it with my Aflac team."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Michigan International Speedway:
"Michigan is a fun race track. It is fairly smooth and has a low banking angel, so we can be very aggressive with our setup. Michigan has always been a great track for the Aflac team and we're excited to return to a place where we've had so much success. For the 99 team, Michigan is extra special for several reasons - it's the site of Carl's first Cup start, where he made his 100th start and where we've won a couple of times. I know to win there this weekend would mean a lot to Jack too, since his hometown is just up the road. It would also be a great boost for all of our friends at Ford. After last weekend's strong run at Pocono, I know the Aflac team has what it takes to win there and anything less will be a disappointment."

FAST FACTS

* CARL EDWARDS enters Michigan sixth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, up five spots from last week. Edwards is 281 markers behind leader, Tony Stewart. In 2009, Edwards has achieved three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

* FOR THE RECORD...Edwards will make his 10th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday in the LifeLock 400. In his previous nine starts, Edwards has two wins, five top-five's, and eight top-10 finishes.

* Edwards' average start at Michigan is 18.3, his average finish is 6.6. The Columbia, Mo., native has completed 100% of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only once in his previous nine starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

* SO YOU KNOW... Edwards made his Cup Series debut at Michigan in August 2004. He started that race 23rd and finished 10th. Edwards also made his 100th Cup start at MIS in June of 2007. He went on to win that race.

* ON THE TRACK... The No. 99 Aflac crew will be unloading chassis RK-639 for this weekend's events at Michigan. Edwards raced this Ford Fusion to a fifth-place finish in the Sprint All-Star race earlier this season. He also raced RK-639 at Texas in April of this year where he started 13th, led 40 laps and finished 10th.

* REWIND, MICHIGAN - June 2008... Edwards came to Michigan International Speedway on the heels of five consecutive top-10 finishes. The driver of the No. 99 Ford wanted nothing more than to pick up his fourth win of the season at one of his most successful racetracks, but a late caution took him out of contention for the win. Edwards finished seventh, extending his consecutive top-10 finish streak to six races.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Carl Edwards