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March 16, 2009 12:15 PM

Carl Edwards 2009 Bristol Advance

Carl Edwards - NSCS ADVANCE
Team: No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis: RK-596 - raced last at Bristol Motor Speedway in Aug. 2008 Edwards started that race from the pole, led 84 laps and finished first                    

Carl Edwards on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway:
"It's great to be heading to Bristol Motor Speedway with our Aflac Ford Fusion.  It goes without saying that it's one of the most exciting race tracks in the world, period.  There are 160,000 fans, you know, that turn the place into a coliseum.  It’s such a fast half-mile race track and the history of the great finishes and the great races at Bristol is what makes it such a great place. It’s just fun!

“We have had a bunch of success there, including two wins and I am really looking forward to the race. The first key to winning at Bristol is qualifying.  You have to qualify well.  Secondly, your car has to handle well.  You don’t want to fight a car for 500 laps at Bristol.  It seems in the end to come down to the smallest things like where you restart, a lot of times you end up rubbing on people and they do the same to you.  You see a lot of wild finishes like that.  Overall, you have to be tough all day with the grind, and you have to be able to deal with it until the end. There’s 450 laps and then there’s the sprint at the finish - hopefully my No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion will be up front at the end.”

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