Concord, N.C. (September 7, 2012) – Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway marks the end of NASCAR’s regular season before the 2012 Chase beings next weekend at Chicago. Carl Edwards currently sits 14th in the Sprint Cup point standings and needs good luck on his side to make his seventh Chase.
Edwards must win at Richmond Saturday night, but that is not all that needs to happen. Kyle Busch must finish 24th or worse (with no laps led) and Jeff Gordon must finish 12th or worse. If Busch or Gordon move into the top 10 in points then Edwards is automatically eliminated.
“We’re going to Richmond to win,” Edwards said. “We need some luck and we need it to be good luck. We’ve passed more cars in the last month than we’ve passed all year. I wouldn’t go to Richmond with any other team, in any other car. I feel like the No.99 Cheez-It Ford is the favorite there because of how we ran in the spring and we’re settling for nothing less than victory lane.”
“Carl has run really well at Richmond the last several races there,” said crew chief Chad Norris. “He probably should have won the spring race after leading over half of it, and he led a good portion of the race last fall as well. We’re taking the same car we raced there in the spring and hopefully we can close the deal this time. A lot of things have to happen for us to make the Chase, but the only thing within our control is to go out and win on Saturday night.”
Edwards has three top-five and eight top-10 finishes at Richmond. He has led 442 laps there which is fifth most of any active driver. Nearly half of those laps (206) were accumulated in the spring race. He was the favorite to win the event until a late-race penalty on a restart dashed his hopes. He also led 113 laps last fall en route to a second-place finish.
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