R. Mark Stiles

R. Mark Stiles

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From the Great Bridge section of Chesapeake, Virginia, R. Mark Stiles, the owner, news director & editor in chief of Catchfence,™ has been dedicated to auto racing news media coverage, journalism and reporting for almost 17-years. Stiles started in the industry in the fall of 1997 with two columns (Green Flag Black Flag and Breaking Loose) for AOL/Athlete Direct's NASCAR department (ADNASCAR). He later merged Green Flag Black Flag and became the news director with Ryan Seek's CatchFence in 1999. At the beginning of 2001, Stiles went full-time with Catchfence, served as an assistant to the now retired Voice of Daytona Int'l Speedway chief track announcer, Bill Bowser, and In 2005 he acquired full ownership of Catchfence.

Mar 04

Carl Edwards 2015 NSCS Kobalt 400 Race Preview

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2015 NSCS Driver Carl Edwards - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
2015 NSCS Driver Carl Edwards - Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images
Carl Edwards / No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota Preview

Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota News and Notes:

  • Edwards heads out to Las Vegas this weekend for the first of three consecutive races on the western side of the country. He will have his inaugural race with his new partner Comcast Business there.  He is very excited about the relationship and would like to put them in to victory lane.
  • Edwards has won two Sprint Cup Series races at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2008 and 2011 and has finished fifth the past three years at the 1.5-mile track.
  • In 10 Sprint Cup Series starts at Las Vegas, Edwards has completed 2,691 of 2,691 laps (100 percent) and has led for a total of 161 laps.  Edwards has earned two wins, five top-five and six top-10 finishes there.  His average start is 13.5 and his average finish is 9.2.
  • RACE INFO: Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, March 8th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

 Edwards’ 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Earnings Avg. Start Avg. Finish
2 0 0 0 0 3 $442,888 5.5 17.5

Edwards’ Career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Earnings Avg. Start Avg. Finish
373 23 108 187 13 107186 $73,610,081 15.3 13.5

From the Cockpit:

Carl Edwards: “It’s always fun to go to Las Vegas. It’s a great race track. It’s a fun city, there’s a lot to do. We’re going there with a lot of confidence after our run at Atlanta. We had a great run in our ARRIS Camry and had a lot of speed. All of my teammates, Denny, Matt, and David, have been fast and were fast at Atlanta, so we feel like it’s an opportunity for us  to go to Vegas and get a JGR win.   We’ve got Comcast Business on the car this weekend. Comcast has been great to work with. Their partnership with ARRIS and with me has been a lot of fun so far.  We shot a great commercial with Bubba Wallace and the XFINITY brand earlier this season. The two wins we’ve had at Vegas before were a lot of fun. Victory Lane at Vegas is a blast there in the garage with all the fans. To me, these mile-and-a-half races are very important because they are gonna teach us what we need to do to be fast all year. Everyone in the garage knows the mile-and-a-halves are what really make or break your season. It’s an opportunity for us to get a win, but probably more importantly an opportunity for us to learn and be better.  My team has been amazing. I believe we had the fastest pit crew on pit road at Atlanta. It was a huge confidence booster for me.  Darian and I have been doing great and I learned a bunch from my teammates last week.  Everything is going well and we’re having fun. VIVA Las Vegas!”

From the Pit Box:

Darian Grubb: “I’m really looking forward to getting to Las Vegas for our second mile-and-a-half race of the season. Had a strong showing at Atlanta, but the flat tire didn’t give us the result we wanted. Good team effort though. We showed some speed. Las Vegas is a fairly similar track, kinda bumpy with newer asphalt. Two new tires there for the left side and right side combination so we’re looking forward to getting there and trying to figure that out. The No. 20 had a pretty good test there for the tire test in January. Trying to use that information to make sure Carl’s fast when we get there. He’s got a great track record there with his last four races being a first and three fifths. So we’re hoping we can keep it up in the top-five and have a chance for a win for Comcast Business. Looking forward to it.”

No. 19 ARRIS Toyota / Joe Gibbs Racing Team:

Driver – Carl Edwards                                    Crew Chief – Darian Grubb                       Car Chief – Wesley Sherrill

Engineer – Matt Beckman                            Engineer – Josh Noll                                  Shock Specialist – Scott Myers

Mechanic – John Furino                               Mechanic – Troy Welty                            Mechanic – Sean Kerlin

Engine Tuner – Steve Ritchie                       Spotter – Jason Hedlesky                         Shock Specialist – Drew Bible

Jackman – Trey Burklin                                 Gasman – Kenneth Purcell                       Front tire Changer – Clay Robinson

Front Tire Carrier – Kevin Harris                  Rear Tire Changer – Kip Wolfmeir         Rear Tire Carrier – Matt Ver Meer

Pit Support – Anwar Parrish                        Pit Support – Ben Surface                        Tire Specialist – Kerry Ferris

Truck Drivers – Jerry Hess and Frank Hodel

About Comcast Business

Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

For more information, call 866-429-3085.

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Source: Joe Gibbs Racing

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