Edwards Set For Repeat Attempt
February 19, 2009 | 9:00 A.M. EST
Edwards wound up 18th in last Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. That wasn't the way he wanted to start the year but is ready to put the run behind him and move on to week number two.
"Daytona is what it is, but California’s the first one that we get to see how well we worked over the winter," Edwards said. "I just really like the track a lot. I think, of all the tracks, I have my best averages at that track."
Edwards has a stellar record at the two-mile southern California track including an average finish of 6.7 and has led 120 laps at the speedway.
“The Auto Club Speedway challenges every part of your crew and every part of your team," Edwards said. "You have to have a great aerodynamic package. You have to have a great engine. Your pit crew has to be on it. And for the driver, it’s a pretty big finesse race track, so you get to see how strong the team is by how they run there. We ran well there last year, so hopefully we’ll be able to do the same again this week.”
The entire Roush Fenway Racing team has always enjoyed success at the Fontana track and Edwards' crew chief Bob Osborne hopes that past history will continue this weekend for the No. 99 team.
"Obviously we have a great driver; we have great equipment and great engines and each plays a huge role in our success there," Osborne said. "But as far as there being one single thing that sets us apart from other teams at California, I don’t think so. I think we’ve been able to address the different challenges that we’ve been presented and overcome them.”
In addition to running Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race, Edwards is also entered in Saturday's Nationwide Series Stater Bros. 300.