Fastenal Returns to the No. 99 at Talladega
Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Fastenal Ford will be at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the Aaron's 499. Live racing action can be seen on FOX Sunday at Noon ET.
Practice - 2 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED
Practice - 3:30 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED
Qualifying - Noon ET Saturday on SPEED
Race - Noon ET Sunday on FOX
Carl Edwards on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
“If we can go to Talladega and work with my teammates the way we have and do the things we have been doing at superspeedways then we will be good. It is still that bottleneck in the season where anything can happen. We don’t have any points to give up so we will go with a different attitude I am sure than my teammates. That is one race that scares our team because we don’t want to be 15th in points right now. We want to be up there marching toward the top five. If we can run there the way we have the last six or eight restrictor-plate races then we will be okay.”
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Talladega Superspeedway:
“I think everybody worries about Talladega because of the style of racing that goes on there. 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 that won the pole for the Daytona 500, so we know it’s a pretty fast car. We just have to hope to avoid the inevitable wrecks to be there at the end to contend for the win.”
• CARL EDWARDS is currently ninth in the Sprint Cup point standings. He has achieved two top-five and six top-10 finishes, along with one pole this season.
• FOR THE RECORD… In his previous 15 starts at Talladega, Edwards has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards’ average start at Talladega is 15.9, his average finish is 20.3. Edwards has completed 89 percent of his laps attempted at Talladega, and led 25 laps.
• ON THE TRACK… The No. 99 Fastenal Blue Team will be unloading chassis RK-712 this weekend at Talladega. This car won the pole for the Daytona 500 and finished eighth in the race.
• REWIND, TALLADEGA APRIL 2011… Carl Edwards led the race two laps too soon. His Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle pushed him to the front in the closing laps, but a surge from the Hendrick and RCR teammates left him in sixth place when the checkered flag flew.