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February 24, 2012 Champion® Spark Plug-Powered Fords Lock Up Front Row for Daytona 500

Two Roush Fenway Racing Fords will start on the front row of the Daytona 500, and both are powered by “Performance Driven™” Champion® spark plugs. 

Carl Edwards and the Champion-powered No. 99 Aflac Ford captured the pole during the qualifying session with a speed of 194.738 miles per hour, edging out Roush Fenway teammate Greg Biffle and the No. 16 3M Novek Ford (194.087 mph). Beyond the two Fords in the front row, fans will have to wait until the completion of the twin Gatorade Duel 150 qualifiers to determine the lineup for the 54th running of “The Great American Race.” 

“Carl is starting the year the same way he ran most of 2011 – at the front of the racing field,” said Federal-Mogul Motorsports Director Tim Nelson. “We’re obviously very proud that Champion spark plugs will help power these two cars and several more at Daytona, and we’re certain that Champion will help power several Sprint Cup victories in 2012.”

The Champion racing plugs used by NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series teams feature Champion’s latest surface gap designs to help optimize spark location within the combustion chamber for maximum burn rate. Each plug is equipped with a solid nickel core electrode for maximum performance and thermal efficiency in today’s most sophisticated engines.

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