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Edwards hoping to reprise Atlanta success


Carl Edwards currently sits fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings despite being winless entering this weekend's Pep Boys Auto 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway but, buoyed by his Nationwide success in Canada on Sunday, is hopeful of turning things around.

On the cusp of the start of the Chase for the Championship, Atlanta is a critical race for Edwards' momentum, but also a track where the Missouri native has had incredible success.

Edwards comes to Atlanta Motor Speedway with three-career NASCAR Cup Series wins in just ten appearances at the track – including last year's Pep Boys Auto 500 – in addition to one win in four Nationwide Series starts. In 2005, Edwards pulled off a weekend sweep at Atlanta Motor Speedway by winning both the 2005 Golden Corral 500 Cup race and the Aaron's 312 support race in March.

Success in this year's Pep Boys Auto 500 would not only give Edward's his first win of 2009, but also critical bonus points entering the Chase.

“It will be fun to run the night race there,” he said, “In fact, the whole weekend will be fun. I think Atlanta is now my favourite track – Darlington was my favourite racetrack to drive and they repaved, but Atlanta has the bumps and the pavement is slick. It's probably the most fun oval we go to.”

“Atlanta has always been a really good track for Carl,” confirmed Roush Fenway crew chief Bob Osborne, “We're taking the same car that we finished third with at Atlanta in the spring, so hopefully it will run just as well, if not better.

"We won the fall race in Atlanta last year and it would be great to win it again this year for several reasons. First, because we haven't won yet this year, but also because of the special guests we will have with us from the Aflac Cancer Centre. I'm sure Jody [Lawrence] would love to see the car she designed in victory lane on Sunday.”

Aflac Cancer Centre patient Lawrence designed Edwards' paint scheme for the Pep Boys Auto 500 and will join the team as a special guest at the event weekend.

Edwards will also be back in Nationwide action in Atlanta as he joins a contingent of 15 Cup regulars on the entry list for Saturday night's Degree V12 300 to renew his title battle with Kyle Busch. In addition, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Georgia-native David Ragan - who recently claimed a Nationwide win at Bristol Motor Speedway - head a list that also includes a number of Cup drivers eager to get seat time at night prior to Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500.



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Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, puts a winner sticker on his car as he celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, celebrates with a backflip after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, celebrates i Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, celebrates i Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway on June 22, 2014 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, celebrates after qualifying for the pole position at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Fastenal Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 17, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford tangle during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s/Frosted Flakes Ford, takes the chequered flag as he crosses the finish line under caution to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after taking the checkered flag under caution in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s/Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates with a backflip after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kellogg`s / Frosted Flakes Ford, celebrates with the chequered flag after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 16, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Daniel Shirey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, and Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 1, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 DeWalt Ford, Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet, and Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Subway Ford, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 20, 2013 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo Credit: NASCAR via Getty Images)
Travis Pastrana, driver of the #60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford wrecks during the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 at Kentucky Speedway on September 21, 2013 in Sparta, Kentucky.  (Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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