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Carl Edwards' Roush-Fenway Team Loves Racing at Texas, And With Good Reason

No one in NASCAR probably was looking more forward to racing on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway than Jack Roush and his Roush-Fenway team. And it's not just because they're anxious to get back on track after a week off for Easter weekend.

Three Roush cars will be in the starting field Saturday night in the Samsung Mobile 500, including three-time winner at Texas Carl Edwards, in the No, 99 Roush-Fenway Ford. Edwards, from Columbia, Mo., is the only current NASCAR driver to have won three races at Texas Motor Speedway.

In addition to Edwards, Roush teammate Matt Kenseth has led more laps (756) than anybody at Texas Motor Speedway, and Greg Biffle, the third Roush-Fenway driver in the field Saturday night and the current points leader in the Sprint Cup standings, has recorded seven consecutive top-10 finishes at Texas.

Roush has had success at Texas even before his current driving trio. He has eight victories there in 22 overall starts. In fact, Jeff Burton won the first Sprint Cup race held at Texas Motor Speedway driving for Roush in 1997.

Last season, Edwards, Kenseth and Biffle all had top-10 finishes in the two races held at Texas. It was in the April race last year at Texas Motor Speedway that Kenseth ended a two-year win drought, leading for 169 of the 334 laps for a convincing victory.

Kenseth and Biffle will be right up front and in good position to keep the Roush string going when the Samsung Mobile 500 gets under way Saturday night. The Roush pair qualified second and third, respectively, behind polesitter Martin Truex, Jr. of Michael Waltrip Racing. Edwards, runner-up last year in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, will start back in the 20th position. He'll start two positions back of his close friend and fellow Kansas City-area driver Clint Bowyer, from Emporia, Kan.

Michael Waltrip's team is looking pretty good starting out for Saturday night's Sprint Cup race, with the pole and No. 4 position (Mark Martin) on the starting grid. That takes care of the first four starting positions. The third drivers in both teams, Bowyer and Edwards, also are closely bunched at 18th and 20th.

It's just a couple hours away from that historic motor-racing call: "(Ladies) and gentlemen, start your engines."

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