Bristol II: Pole winner interview

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) YOU'VE GOT SOME GOOD MOMENTUM. "Yes. The pole is huge for us. At this track, obviously, track position, pit stall selection, those things could not be more important, so...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

YOU'VE GOT SOME GOOD MOMENTUM.

"Yes. The pole is huge for us. At this track, obviously, track position, pit stall selection, those things could not be more important, so that's really big. It's great for the guys and keeps our momentum going, even though I don't believe in momentum, it sounds good. We'll be in the Shootout and that's the big thing is getting in that race for my guys and sponsors and it's a chance to get another trophy, so that's a great, great qualifying effort."

HOW FAST WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN IF YOU DIDN'T HIT THE WALL?

"Bob Osborne said, 'Unless you get the pole, I'm gonna be really ticked off at you for that,' and it worked out. But I just got real loose. You saw a lot of people get loose there. The cars have so much power and on the bump stops and everything, when you come off the corner the car changes so much. It's interesting sometimes coming off the corner, so I'm just glad I didn't wreck it any worse."

THEY'LL FIX IT?

"Yeah, it didn't hit anything hard. It just got the body, so I think the guys pretty much have it patched up. If that's all the damage we get in the next 24-36 hours, we'll be alright."

SO YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN MOMENTUM?

"I'm just saying it doesn't really exist. It's great for the morale and all that. That's the only way that it exists, but, really, this sport you're either fast or you're not when you unload and that has to do with the guys and the work they've done -- not just in the last week or whatever -- it's a long process. I think the reason we're running well right now is that everybody has been working real hard for a long time. I don't think it has to do with just the last few weeks is all I'm saying. And I've been victim to the momentum stoppers so many times. Like I came here in 2005 and the whole week they've been writing about the magical race car driver that won. I won my first race and then I spun out in qualifying before I even took the flag and wrecked and I went from hero to zero. That momentum didn't work. It's just about how it went. For instance, you can have three wins and then crash, and then three more. It feels good, but that's about it."

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MOMENTUM IN THE SHORT TERM, MEANING IF YOU COME OFF THE TRUCK FAST THINGS CONTINUE GOING WELL.

"Yeah, but that's just because your car is fast. It's very hard to turn a weekend around if you start off terribly. It's always better to start the weekend well. In this case, yes, I believe if you start well and you have a good qualifying effort like this, that really does help the weekend a lot. So in the short-term it lasts about a couple days and that's it."

-credit: ford racing

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