Edwards Looking to Improve Points Lead in Martinsville
RIDGEWAY, VA - Columbia's own Carl Edwards enters Martinsville leading the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, by 14 points over teammate Matt Kenseth. He has earned one win, 16 top-five, 22 top-10 finishes and two poles this season.
"I am a little nervous about Martinsville. I think if we can pick up just a tiny bit of speed there we will be good. Otherwise, that will be one of the tracks we go to and just fight and claw for a top 10 and that is how it usually is for me there. I would like to be surprised and would love to run better but I am a little nervous about that one to be honest," Edwards said.
In 14 starts at the 0.526-mile track, Carl has one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average start is 18.2, and his average finish is 16.9. Edwards has completed 97.4 percent (6836 of 7019) of laps in Cup competition attempted at Martinsville Speedway.
Crew Chief Bob Osborne said, "Martinsville is definitely a race track that we are looking at to be probably the most difficult for us in the Chase. We've run well there. We've run poorly there. I think we have enough notes and package going back that is going to be competitive. We will just have to wait and see what we get when we unload there and start practice."
The No. 99 crew will unload a brand new car this weekend that will be sporting a brand new car with the Scotts Winterguard paint scheme. Edwards has been chosen to be Sunday's in-race reporter.