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Edwards Ready to Hit the Road at Watkins Glen

Edwards Ready to Hit the Road at Watkins Glen

August 9, 2012

Carl Edwards and the No. 99 Fastenal Ford will hit the road this weekend at Watkins Glen International.  Live racing action will be on ESPN Sunday at Noon.

TV Schedule:

Practice - Noon ET Friday on SPEED
Practice - 4:00 p.m. ET Friday on SPEED
Qualifying - 11:30 a.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2
Race - Noon ET Sunday on ESPN

Carl Edwards on racing at Watkins Glen:
“I feel pretty good about Watkins Glen.  We sat on the pole there a few years ago and had some good runs and almost won the race one year.  We were running second and I ran off the second to last corner trying real hard.  We have run really well there and I like that race track.  To me it is the road course that suits my style more than any other I have been on.  It is a really fun race.” 
 
Crew Chief Chad Norris on racing at Watkins Glen:
“I am looking forward to racing at The Glen this weekend.  Carl has really become a good road racer and the extra track time he will gain running the Nationwide car this weekend will certainly help.  The key to a good race there is keeping your track position and having a good pit strategy.  Qualifying well will be important so we can start up front and stay there.”
 
Fast Facts
•Carl Edwards enters Watkins Glen 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings.  He has two top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, along with one pole this season.
•FOR THE RECORD…Edwards will make his eighth Cup start at Watkins Glen this weekend.  In his previous seven starts, he has accumulated three top-five and five top-10 finishes. He has an average start of 11.7 and finish of 8.7 there.
•LAPS…Edwards has completed all 634, or 100 percent, of the laps he has attempted in Cup competition at The Glen. It’s one of only two tracks where Edwards has never led a lap in Sprint Cup competition. Kentucky is the other track
•IN THE LOOP… According to NASCAR’s Loop Statistics compiled over the last seven races at The Glen, Edwards has run 428 laps in the top 15 which is fourth highest and his driver rating (93.5) is eighth best among active drivers.
•ON THE TRACK…The Fastenal Blue Team will bring chassis RK-816 to Watkins Glen this weekend. Edwards raced this chassis at Sonoma in June where he finished 21st. 
•NATIONWIDE RETURN…Edwards will make his first start of the season in the Nationwide Series on Saturday in the No. 60 Subway Ford Mustang.
•REWIND, THE GLEN, August 2011… As the laps wound down, Edwards was 15th with 15 laps remaining.  He moved into 14th after a caution on lap 87 which set the field up for a green-white-checker finish.  On the final lap of the race Tony Stewart slowed in front of Edwards as a huge wreck occurred behind them.  Originally Edwards was scored in 14th, but as NASCAR reviewed where the drivers were running when the caution came out he was ultimately awarded 12th place.

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