Pocono II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Pocono Raceway: "Our last race at Pocono was our best run of the season. I have all the confidence going back that we will have a great race there. We have had a lot of success there and hopefully we will be a force...

Carl Edwards on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Our last race at Pocono was our best run of the season. I have all the confidence going back that we will have a great race there. We have had a lot of success there and hopefully we will be a force there this time. We are taking the same car we finished second with there in June. Our team always runs well there and it's one of the fun tracks. I'm looking forward to going there, and our team has been getting stronger, so we all expect good results."

Crew chief Bob Osborne on racing at Pocono Raceway:

"Pocono is the most unique race track we go to on the circuit. It is a challenging race track, but I enjoy racing there. With three different corners and a very long straightaway, there is a fine line between being good and being good enough to win. It takes a series of compromises to the setup to run fast there. The 99 team pulled off the win in August there last year, and I'd like nothing more than to go back and win it again this time around. We were second in June, but hopefully this time we won't be in a position where we have to save fuel."

Fast Facts

*Carl Edwards enters Pocono fifth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings, 498 markers behind the leader, Tony Stewart. Edwards was ranked fifth in the standings last year heading into Pocono, 320 points behind then leader, Kyle Busch.

*FOR THE RECORD...Edwards will make his 10th Cup start at Pocono this weekend. In his previous nine starts, Edwards has accumulated two wins, four top-five and five top-10 finishes.

*LAPS...Edwards has completed 1705 of 1710 or 99.7% of the laps he has attempted in Cup competition at Pocono. He has led 209 laps there.

*ON THE TRACK...The Aflac team will bring chassis RK-558 to Pocono this weekend. Edwards raced this chassis at Pocono in June where he led 103 laps en route to a second-place finish.

*REWIND, POCONO, August 2008... Edwards picked up his fourth victory of the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Pocono Raceway by overcoming a late-race gamble to pit when weather became an issue to pick up his second career victory at the triangular track in the Pocono Mountains.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch