Busy Weekend For Edwards

CONCORD, N.C. - Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion is looking forward to a triple-duty weekend in New Hampshire. Aside from running his normal Cup and Busch schedule this weekend, Edwards is scheduled to run in Saturday's Whelen Modified race. With running all three races, Edwards will log 600 laps and more than 634 miles around the 1.058-mile speedway.

Racing is what Edwards does and it seems he can not get enough. Before arriving in New Hampshire, Edwards will compete in a 100-lap shootout at a local dirt track in Middletown, N.Y. Once in New Hampshire, Edwards will prepare for three races; Sunday's Cup race and two races on Saturday. On Saturday afternoon, Edwards will run a Ford Mustang in the Whelen Modified race scheduled for a 1:10 p.m. start. Following the Modified race, Edwards will move to his Ameriquest Ford Fusion to compete in the Busch series race, with a scheduled start of 3:00 p.m. On Sunday, Edwards will turn another 300 laps around the New Hampshire International Speedway for the running of the LENOX Industrial Tools 300.

The last time this feat was accomplished was in 1996, when Steve Park completed 631 laps in a two day span (September 7-8).

Edwards hopes the extra laps around New Hampshire International Speedway will help him prepare for Sunday's Nextel Cup race. Edwards is currently 14th in the point standings and 193 points out of 10th place.

"It's going to be an awesome weekend," said Edwards. "I love racing, so this will be as good as it gets for me. I have been working with my trainer at Carmichael Training Systems and he was just telling me what I need to do this week to be prepared for this weekend. I am really excited to see how I feel after these three races. I am also running at the dirt track on Thursday night, so this is going to be awesome weekend for me."

"I think it's great that Carl has decided to add the Modified race to his normal Busch and Cup Series schedules this weekend," said Bob Bahre, NHIS Chairman. "I have met Carl, and I know that he definitely has the stamina to run 600 laps in two days. He should have a great handle on the track and which grooves to run in the LENOX Industrial Tools 300."

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