Talladega: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway: "Obviously a year ago the finish was a little more exciting than I would have liked, but we were in a position to win. We're going to go back with points in mind considering the trouble we had...

Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Obviously a year ago the finish was a little more exciting than I would have liked, but we were in a position to win. We're going to go back with points in mind considering the trouble we had in Atlanta and Texas, and hopefully we can come out of Talladega in one piece. I'd like to have an opportunity to win again like we did a year ago. I didn't get to take part in the test, but from what I've heard I believe the spoiler will make it a little different race. The cars will be able to close a little bit more, and maybe make some moves we wouldn't have been able to make with the wing."

Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:

"Talladega is challenging for a crew chief because so much of it is out of our control. We do the best we can to get the car handling well and create a smart pit strategy, but most of this race depends on the driver and the spotter. It's always a tense race for everyone involved. We're taking the same car we raced at the Daytona 500 so we know it's a pretty good car. We've taken it to the wind tunnel since then and made a few tweaks to it, so now all we need is some luck on our side to stay out of trouble."

Fast Facts

* Carl Edwards will make his 12th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in this weekend's Aaron's 499.

* FOR THE RECORD... In his previous 11 starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Edwards' average start at Talladega is 15.6, his average finish is 23.5. Edwards has completed 85 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 15 laps.

* ON THE TRACK... The No. 99 team will carry the Aflac paint scheme this weekend. The crew will be unloading chassis RK-650 this weekend. This is the same Ford Fusion that Edwards raced at Daytona in February. He started that race 27th and finished ninth.

* REWIND 2009...Soon after the drop of the green flag Edwards shuffled to the back of the field to implement a conservative strategy. He ran around 28th position most of the day. With 20 laps remaining, he began his charge to the front and he quickly made his way into the top 10. On the final restart with just four laps remaining in the race, Edwards was running ninth. Within a lap he had taken over the lead. Edwards was heading for Victory Lane when a nudge from rookie Brad Keselowski sent him careening into the frontstretch retaining fence to end the wild race. Edwards finished 24th.

* Edwards is currently 15th in Sprint Cup point standings. He trails Jimmie Johnson by 311 points, but is only four points out of 12th place. He has achieved four top-10 finishes this season.

-source: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Brad Keselowski