99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford

Team: Roush Fenway Racing

WHERE HE STANDS: After dropping two places following Indianapolis, Carl Edwards remained in eighth place for the second consecutive week. He trails series leader Jeff Gordon by 139 points (was 114 behind prior to Pocono), is 15 points behind the sixth-place tie of Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson, and leads ninth-ranked Clint Bowyer by one point.

WATKINS GLEN RECORD: 9 career starts, 0 wins, four top-5, six top-10s, 1 pole. Best career finish: Third in 2009. Finished fourth in this race last year, and was 14th in the 2012 race there.

LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards would love to give himself an early 35th birthday present (he's born on August 15th) in the 10th start of his Sprint Cup career at Watkins Glen. "This is a race that I've been looking forward to all year," Edwards said. "I love road racing and coming off the win at Sonoma we feel like this is a great opportunity for our team to go get some bonus points and have a little more fun before the Chase starts. The Nationwide win at the Glen was huge for me a couple years ago and we've been real close there in the Cup Series."

LOOKING BACK: Edwards had a race he likely would rather forget about, finishing 29th, three laps off the lead lap, this past Sunday at Pocono.

ETC.: Edwards has completed a perfect 100 percent (814) of 814 total laps contested in nine career starts at Watkins Glen. His average start there is 12.9 and average finish is an excellent 8.8. He has zero DNFs there.