Talladega II: Carl Edwards preview

Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway: "We're going back to Talladega and we really have nothing to lose at this point in the Chase so we'll just go for it and try to get a win. I've heard they raised the fences so that is good. You...

Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
"We're going back to Talladega and we really have nothing to lose at this point in the Chase so we'll just go for it and try to get a win. I've heard they raised the fences so that is good. You never like to come back and see a new fence because of you. Our team has worked hard on our restrictor-plate package and it's pretty good. Maybe we'll partner up with somebody like we did last time and make it to the finish line this time to finally get a win at one of these places. That would be a blast. I'm also really excited to meet Blake Bobbitt, the young girl who was injured in the wreck in April. She's coming back to the track which is a great example of how passionate our fans are. She's pumped about the race too so that's cool."

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. We had a shot to win in the spring, but that race certainly didn't end the way we wanted it to. We're taking the same car that finished fourth at Daytona in July so we know it's a good car and it runs well in the draft. Now we just need some luck to stay out of trouble and cross the finish line with all four wheels on the ground."

Fast Facts

*Carl Edwards will make his 11th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Talladega Superspeedway in this weekend's Amp Energy 500.

*FOR THE RECORD... In his previous 10 starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. Edwards' average start at Talladega is 16.2, his average finish is 24.5. Edwards has completed 83.5% of his laps attempted at Talladega.

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

*REWIND 2008...Edwards qualified 12th last year at Talladega, but a crash forced him out of the race 17 laps early.

*EDWARDS AT TALLADEGA... Edwards has not had a top-10 finish at Talladega since 2006. He has only finished one of the past four races there. If Edwards wins at Talladega he will be the first Roush Fenway driver to capture victory there since Mark Martin in 1997.

*Edwards is currently 10th in Sprint Cup point standings. He trails the leader, Jimmie Johnson, by 413 points. He has achieved seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes this season.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jimmie Johnson , Carl Edwards , Mark Martin