Edwards Back in Aflac Car for Michigan Race

8 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Friday, August 19 2011 Aug 19, 2011 Friday, August 19, 2011 9:52:44 AM CDT August 19, 2011 in Sports
Source: Roush Fenway Racing Press Release

BROOKLYN, MI - Carl Edwards will be back in the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fushion as he enters this weekends race at Michigan tied for the lead with Kyle Busch in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. This season Edwards has achieved one win, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes.

"MIS drives like a big dirt track. It's a big, slick, wide race track. You slide the car all the way around the corners. I really like Michigan," said Edwards, "it is fun, and our cars have been very good there. I feel like every time we go there we've got a chance to win. The last race I think we were leading when the caution came out at the end and we ended up fifth, but I felt like we could have won that one. I'm ready to go back. Our cars are better now than they were and that'll be really cool."

Edwards will make his 15th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Michigan International Speedway Sunday. In his previous 14 starts, Edwards has two wins, nine top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average start at Michigan is 20.9, his average finish is 6.2 and he has completed 100 percent of the laps he has attempted at the two-mile track. Only twice in his previous 14 starts has Edwards finished outside the top 10.

According to NASCAR's Loop Statistics compiled over the last 14 races at MIS, Edwards has turned 171 of the track's fastest laps which is third highest, spent 2,276 laps (89.8%) in the top 15 (best of all active drivers) and led a total of 274 laps (second highest). Edwards' driver rating (110.8) is the best among active drivers.

Crew Chief Bob Osborne said, "Michigan is a fun race track. It is fairly smooth and has a low banking angle, so we can be very aggressive with our setup. Michigan has always been a great track for the Aflac team and we're excited to return to a place where we've had so much success. For the 99 team, Michigan is extra special for several reasons - it's the site of Carl's first Cup start, where he made his 100th start and where we've won a couple of times. I know to win there this weekend would mean a lot to Jack too, since his hometown is just up the road. It
would also be great for all of our friends at Ford."

Edwards made his Cup series debut at Michigan in August 2004. He started that race 23rd and finished 10th. Edwards also made his 100th Cup start at MIS in June of 2007. He went on to win that race.

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