BRISTOL NIGHT RACE STREAK CONTINUES FOR FORD AND ROUSH FENWAY * Carl Edwards captured his 13th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and sixth of the season. * Edwards has now won the Bristol night race two straight times. * ...
BRISTOL NIGHT RACE STREAK CONTINUES FOR FORD AND ROUSH FENWAY
* Carl Edwards captured his 13th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win and sixth of the season.
* Edwards has now won the Bristol night race two straight times.
* Jack Roush has been the winning car owner for the Bristol night race four straight years (Matt Kenseth 2005-06 and Carl Edwards (2007-08), and five of the last six (Kurt Busch in 2003).
* The last time a Ford driver won back-to-back Sprint Cup races was earlier this year when Edwards won at California and Las Vegas.
* Ford has now won 587 all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
* Today marked the 32nd all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup victory at Bristol Motor Speedway for Ford, the most for the manufacturer at any track.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion -- VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW
"That's one of those deals where I couldn't get by him and I couldn't get by him and I just had to ask myself, 'Would he do that to me?' And he has before, so that's the way it goes. I'm just really proud of my guys. Office Depot, I've got to thank the fans, Ford Motor Company, Aflac. Man, that was exciting. They keep talking about rivalries, we might have one now."
DID YOUR CAR GET BETTER ON THE LAST RUN? "I kind of just ran into him. That's what happened. It's too bad we tore up the car a little bit after the race, but I guess he wasn't happy about it and I can understand. But in the back of my mind all I could think about was Richmond in a Nationwide race when he was trying to get through the field and he pile drove me. That's just the way it is. It's just racing. I have a lot of respect for the guy and he was real fast, but we can't give up points when they're right there for us to take."
MATT KENSETH -- No. 17 DeWalt Ford Fusion
"It was a good result. I mean, we ran really bad but we had good pit stops and made a lot of good adjustments. It was really a struggle, but at least we got a good result out of it."
TALK ABOUT YOUR RUN. "It was all over the place. It was terrible to drive, but my guys did a good job on pit road and did a really good job when we needed it. Chip made a lot of good adjustments today, so I'm happy to bring the DeWalt Ford home in the top 10. It's not what we aim for every week. For some reason, we've been quite a bit off from these guys, but it was a good result."
DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 AAA Ford Fusion
"At the beginning of the night we started in the back and if I knew we were going to finish in the top 10, I would have been content but about halfway through I felt like our car was good enough to contend for a top-five finish. We were just battling lapped cars all night for track position and trying to get our AAA Ford handling just a little bit better, but, overall, that's what we needed to do. We needed to come out of here and we didn't pick up any points, but we didn't lose any, so we'll go to California and see what happens."
KASEY FELL SOME SPOTS, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT THERE. "Yeah, we've known all year that if we do what we need to do we can make the chase. This weekend, for instance, we kind of stepped on our toes on Friday and we kind of rebounded tonight. We've just got to watch our mistakes and can't cost us too many spots early in the weekend. It makes for a long 500 laps on Saturday."
A BIG RELIEF CONSIDERING WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY? "Oh yeah. It's a relief to get a top-10 finish and a finish on the lead lap here at Bristol after going to the back twice -- after having some left-front fender damage and having to go back on a pit stop and make some adjustments. I wish we would have had a little bit of track position there toward the middle part. I felt like we had a good car to contend for a top-10 finish, but we just did the best we could and everything will take care of itself."
LARRY CARTER, Crew Chief -- No. 26 Sharpie Ford Fusion
"We got it to where the thing was rotating pretty good and cutting the center. We started out and he was a little bit loose off, but we made a couple of air-pressure adjustments and got it to where he had good forward bite. After we did that, we were still able to keep it turning really well. He just drove off the corner good and got in, but we struggled a little bit on pit road. Other than that, it was a good car and a good night."
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