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.

Aug 13

Carl Edwards 2014 NSCS Pure Michigan 400 Race Preview

Filed under Sprint Cup Series

2014 NSCS No. 99 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion
2014 NSCS No. 99 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion

Team: No. 99 Ford EcoBoost Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Primary Chassis: RK-927
Backup Chassis: RK-904
Twitter: @RandyPR99


  • Watkins Glen Recap

o   After surviving eight cautions, Edwards found himself in the catbird seat directly behind Marcos Ambrose and A.J. Allmendinger for the final restart.  Edwards drove his No. 99 Cheez-It Ford hard, but as the checkered-flag flew with cars wrecking behind him, he captured his fifth top-five of the season and finished fifth.

  • Edwards at the Michigan

o   Edwards has two wins at Michigan in the Sprint Cup Series in 2007 and 2008.

o   Edwards 9 Top-five finishes. His average finish is 9.0 out of 20 starts.

o   Edwards has two Nationwide Series wins in 2008 and 2011.

  • The Car

o   Primary chassis RK-927 is a new chassis.

o   Backup chassis RK-904 was last brought to Pocono in 2014 as the back-up car.

Edwards on Michigan:

“Our first trip to Michigan this year didn’t go very well.  Everyone at Roush Fenway Racing has taken the initiative to dig down and work as hard as we possibly can.  The guys have been working long hours. The engineers have come up with new ideas. We’ve tested and we’re hoping to come back to Jack Roush’s and Ford’s backyard and perform the way we know we can this weekend.  This race is really important to us for a number of reasons.  It’s our home track as a team.  Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse both still have an opportunity to get into the Chase.  Our 99 team wants all the bonus points we can get.  We have Ford EcoBoost on the car which I am very proud to represent that brand. We have one goal: to go win this race.”

Source: Roush Fenway Racing

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