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2014 Kentucky: Carl Edwards NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jun 27, 2014 - 03:32 PM
2014 Kentucky: Carl Edwards NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview

Team: No. 99 UPS Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Primary Chassis: RK-880
Backup Chassis: RK-904
Twitter: @99_RFRracing


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· Sonoma Recap

o Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards turned in a dominate performance in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway, taking the lead and pulling away late in his No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion for the first NSCS road racing win of his career. The No. 99 Aflac crew enacted a two-stop plan and stuck with it, pitting for the first time under caution on lap 30 and then under green on lap 70. A timely caution following the team’s second stop, forced the majority of the field to pit, placing the No.99 Aflac Ford Fusion in fourth on the restart. Edwards took the lead on the next restart and pulled away from the field, holding off Jeff Gordon to bring home his second checkered flag of the season.

· Edwards at Kentucky Speedway

o Edwards has secured wins at Kentucky in both the Camping World Truck Series (2003) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (2005) but is still looking for his first Sprint Cup victory.

o Edwards has three Sprint Cup starts at the one-and-a-half mile track with an average start of 11.3 and an average finish of 15.3

o Edwards best Cup finish at the Sparta, KY track was fifth in 2011.

· The Car

o Primary chassis RK-880 was last run in 2014 at Charlotte and started in the 22nd-postiion, finishing fourth.

o Backup chassis RK-904 was last run this season at Darlington and rolled off in the 22nd-spot, finishing 13th.


o This is the fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway and the third primary sponsorship event for UPS and the No. 99 UPS team with driver, Carl Edwards. UPS was a primary sponsor in 2011 with David Ragan—driver of the No. 6 UPS Ford.

o Speed is important to NASCAR and UPS. Customers needing rush deliveries to and from the track can count on UPS Trackside Services. Each week a group of local UPSers provide shipping solutions for the NASCAR community to make sure all sponsors, teams and competitors have everything they need to have a successful weekend.

Edwards on Kentucky Speedway
“A month or so ago we went down to Kentucky and did a great event with Speedway Children’s Charities and the media about the Triple Crown, the truck race, Nationwide race and the Cup race. It would be a blast to be able to do that this weekend. My first win in NASCAR came at Kentucky in the truck series driving a Ford F-150. We’ve had a lot of success in the Nationwide Series and for that reason it would be really special for me to be able to win in the UPS Ford. With the UPS hub just down the road and all of the thousands of UPS employees and supporters it would be really special to win there. Last week was a blast, we are in the Chase. We will just go out and have some fun and hopefully get some more wins before the regular season is over.”

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