Carl Edwards Preps for the Start of the 2013 Season

Posted: Feb 22, 2013 9:47 AM

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL -- Columbia's Carl Edwards will make his ninth start in the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24th. Last year Edwards swept the pole in the famed event, moving on to an eighth-place finish. He finished second in the race in 2011; pushing fellow RFR teammate Trevor Bayne to the victory.

Edwards' average start in the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway is 16.2; his average finish is 16.6. Edwards' best finish at Daytona is second place, captured in the 2011 Daytona 500 (and in July 2008). After going out 44th for qualifying, the Fastenal Ford finished 17th overall, placing Edwards and the team starting ninth in the first Duel on Thursday.

Sunday will mark the first official race of the 2013 Sprint Cup season for Edwards and veteran crew chief Jimmy Fennig. The No. 99 Blue Crew will also debut its award-winning pit crew members, who transitioned over from last year's No. 17 Best Buy Ford Fusion. Fennig led the No. 17 team to victory in the Daytona 500 a year ago, exactly 25-years after his first Daytona 500 win as a crew chief in 1988.

The No. 99 team will be using RK-835 for the 500. The car debuted this year as the primary for last weekend's Sprint Unlimited, when a wreck in practice forced the team to roll out a backup car and send 835 back to RFR for repairs.

Edwards said, "The new Ford Fusion is fun to drive. The weather looks like it is going to be warm so the cars should slide around a lot, which is always exciting. Jimmy (Fennig) and the Fastenal crew have been great to work with and we have plans for lots of Fastenal blue in victory lane."

Coverage of the Daytona 500 will begin at 12 p.m. CT on FOX.

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