Carl Edwards Martinsville Preview
Carl Edwards enters the Eliminator Round at Martinsville Speedway this weekend with hopes of a championship still fully intact. Live racing action can be seen on ESPN at 1:30 EST on Sunday.
Sunday, October 26
1 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown, ESPN
1:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Martinsville, ESPN
ADVANCE NOTES Carl Edwards enters the E
• Talladega Recap
o After a barrage of late race cautions and two attempts at a green-white-checker finish and when the dust settled, Edwards finished 21stand had survived the 194-lap race on the Superspeedway and advanced to the Eliminator round for the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The points reset and all eight drivers are tied traveling to Martinsville.
• Edwards at the Martinsville
o Edwards is still looking for his first win at Martinsville.
o Edwards best finish was third in 2008.
o He has five Top-10 finishes. His average finish is 15.7 out of 20 starts.
o It’s been historically one of his most difficult tracks, but he hasn’t finished below 18th at the track, dating back to 2010.
• The Car
o Primary chassis RK-866 last ran at the Spring Martinsville race, starting eighth and finishing 13th.
o Backup chassis RK-886 last ran at Richmond, starting 10th and finishing 22nd.
Edwards on Martinsville:
"Alright, so we made it to the Eliminator Round. I'm really proud of our whole team for the way we have performed so far in the Chase. We're excited to go to Martinsville. We feel like that's a track that we can run well at. Jimmy Fennig is very good there setting up the cars and he's really good with strategy. We feel like our short track program has been our strong point recently, so both Martinsville and Phoenix are races we are looking forward to in this Chase. We'll be running the Ford EcoBoost Fusion. I think Martinsville is going to be a really tough race. I think that there are a lot of guys with nothing to lose and I think we just have to go there and do what we've been doing and that's give our best performance, not make any mistakes and just keep this going. We're having fun. I'm glad to be a part of this"