Carl Edwards Looks to Continue Momentum at Charlotte
Carl Edwards enters the Bank of America 500 third in the series points’ standings and will return to Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 20th Sprint Cup career start. Charlotte marks the second of three races in the Contender Round where only eight drivers will move on to the eliminator round.
Thursday, October 9
7 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, ESPN2
Friday, October 10
3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, ESPN2
5:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice, ESPN2
Saturday, October 11
7 p.m., NSCS Countdown, ABC 7:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Charlotte, ABC
A strategy call from crew chief Jimmy Fennig with 37 laps to go was the move of the race for Edwards and his No. 99 Fastenal team. On lap 230 Fennig called for right-side tires only with no adjustments to help Edwards rally, gaining five spots and moving him into fifth-place. Edwards fought hard and captured his seventh top-five of the season in Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway and is now third in the Sprint Cup Chase Points.
•Edwards at Charlotte
o Edwards is still looking for his first point’s race victory at Charlotte.
o His career-high finish there is third in 2005, 2006 and 2011.
o Edwards has 19 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile track with an average start of 18.0 and an average finish of 11.4.
o Winner of the 2011 Sprint All-Star race.
o Has two Nationwide Series race wins there in 2006 and 2011.
o Primary chassis RK-910 was last run in 2014 at Chicago, starting in the 3rd spot and finishing 20th.
o Backup chassis RK-897 was Backup for second Kansas race.
Edwards on Charlotte
“This is a big weekend coming up for us. It’s the home track for the team. We just came off a spectacular finish at Kansas. After making it into this round of the Chase, we wanted to kick it off with a good points day, a solid run, no mistakes, and a lot of luck. We need another good run here in Charlotte. It’s going to be important to run well at Charlotte so that you’re not forced into a corner at Talladega, because obviously a lot can happen there. Our goal is to have another top five finish at Charlotte and go out and have a little bit of fun at Talladega. The way this Chase has gone though I don’t think anyone knows what to expect at Charlotte. It could be a race like Dover or it could be another Kansas. We’ve got Fastenal on the car and we’ll be proud to represent them. It’s been an awesome start to this round of the Chase for Ford, so hopefully we can keep that moving.”