Posted: Aug 4, 2012 12:17 PM
LONG POND, PA -- Carl Edwards will make his 16th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Pocono Raceway in this weekend's Pennsylvania 400. Edwards is currently 12th with two top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In 15 starts at the 2.5-mile track, Edwards has two wins, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes. He has an average start of 19.1 and an average finish of 13.6.
"Since we just ran at Pocono I think we have a pretty good feel for what we were lacking there," Edwards said. "We qualified really well and got hit in the first corner and fought back all day. I think we have a pretty good plan for Pocono. The race at Indy helped us try things we want to try for Pocono."
The No. 99 team will be unloading chassis RK-815 this weekend. This car was new at Darlington where Edwards finished seventh and it also finished 11th at Pocono in June.
Crew Chief Chad Norris said, "I think we will have a good run at Pocono this weekend. We're taking the same car we raced there in June. It was a fast car but they got some damage early in the race and had to play catch- up all day. We were able to try some things at Indy that I think will work this weekend, so I'm looking forward to putting Indy behind us and get a win at Pocono."
According to NASCAR's Loop Statistics compiled over the last 15 races at Pocono, Edwards has turned 169 of the track's fastest laps which is fifth highest and led a total of 212 laps (fourth highest). Edwards' driver rating (97.1) is sixth best among active drivers.
Carl Edwards qualified 17th for Sunday's Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway. Coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. CT on ESPN.