Edwards Looking for Hometown Win at Kansas
KANSAS CITY -- Carl Edwards and the No.99 Aflac team enter this weekend's race at Kansas 11th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings. In seven starts this season, Edwards has accumulated two top-five and four top-10 finishes. Edwards will make his 10th Cup start at Kansas Speedway this weekend.
On Saturday, Edwards qualified to start 21st for Sunday's race. In his previous starts, Edwards has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.4 and his average finish is 10.7. His best finish (second) came in 2008.
"I thought it was a pretty good lap because it felt pretty good, but it wasn't very fast. Our race trim package is real fast, though. I think all the Fords are gonna be tough to beat here. I think it'll be just like Texas with long runs and cars sliding around. I think we've got a good Aflac Fusion for that, but I'm definitely disappointed with qualifying. I thought we'd be a lot better," Edwards said.
The Missouri native considers Kansas Speedway his home track in the Sprint Cup Series with Columbia only 130 miles away.
"There would be no bigger win on the circuit than Kansas for me. If I had to choose winning one race throughout the year, this would be the one I pick," said Edwards. "The amount of pride that I would have winning that close to home and in front of so many people that are friends of mine, and people that have helped me would be huge. We have had some pretty good mile-and-a-half race cars and we get two shots at it each year. That race for me, whether it is right or wrong, I will put as much emphasis or pressure on myself as I can to go win there."
According to NASCAR's Loop Statistics compiled over the last nine races at Kansas, Edwards has turned 113 of the track's fastest laps which is fourth highest, spent 1368 laps (65.6%) in the top 15 (sixth highest) and led a total of 71 laps (eighth highest). Edwards' driver rating (97.3) is sixth best among active drivers.
Crew Cheif Bob Osborne said, "I think everyone on this team knows how important this race is to Carl. This is his home track and a win at Kansas would be huge for him. We are taking another new car to the track this weekend. We had a good car in Texas last week, but we had to spend most of the race recovering from an issue in the pits which set us back. This week we hope to qualify well, be mistake free and be in contention to win."
The Aflac team will be bringing a brand new chassis RK-814 to Kansas. In his previous starts, Carl has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.
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