Charlotte: Ford Teams lap 73 rain delay quotes

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion RAIN DELAY COMMENTS DURING RED FLAG AFTER 73 LAPS. WHAT ARE THEY TELLING YOU GUYS? "I'm here for the duration. I don't care when we race. It's really up to NASCAR and the fans and what's best for the...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion

RAIN DELAY COMMENTS DURING RED FLAG AFTER 73 LAPS. WHAT ARE THEY TELLING YOU GUYS? "I'm here for the duration. I don't care when we race. It's really up to NASCAR and the fans and what's best for the show. I'm fine with racing at four in the morning or any day of the week, so we're here and we're gonna race no matter what they say."

IS THE MAGIC NUMBER 201 RIGHT NOW FOR YOU GUYS? "Yeah, lap 201 is looking like where you want to be leading right now because you just don't know what's gonna happen. We're a day behind the scheduled event and I don't know if we get to 201 and it rains, I don't know how long they'll go to try and get the rest of the laps in, so that's a good question."

DOES THIS CHANGE ANYTHING YOU DO? "I'm gonna go eat something (joking). Really, I don't know. As a fan, just sitting and watching this is frustrating and irritating, so as a competitor, I have to be real careful not to get frustrated. The guys are doing a great job out there on the race track. All of the drivers are taking it easy. The crazy thing is that you drive down in turn one and for about 10 or 15 of our laps so far it's been sprinkling a little bit so you drive down there and think, 'I hope it's not raining real hard when I get there,' so that's a little nerve-racking."

DRIVERS ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT GETTING THE CAR TO TURN. IS THAT A PROBLEM FOR YOU? "I just can't get mine to handle well overall. It's not just one thing. I was out there driving around thinking about it and a year ago it seemed like there was a little more disparity and a little more variation between the cars. There were slow cars and fast cars and now it's like a slot car race. You're out there and you just can't slip up and I do believe part of that is the race track and another part of that is the race track is green. I think once it rubbers in a little bit, there will be more racing like we saw at the end of the All-Star Race, but for right now it is follow the leader, do not mess up, and keep your position."

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR FOCUS? "It's tough to sit around and wait for it to dry. It's not tough to do that, it's tough to not sit there and think about racing the whole time and wear yourself out, so I try to turn it off and then turn it back on right when I get in the car."

WAS GETTING THE CAR TO TURN AND PASSING A PROBLEM IN THE ALL-STAR RACE OR DO YOU THINK BECAUSE THE SUN IS UP AND THE CARS ARE SET FOR NIGHT. "I thought at the beginning of the All-Star Race, 'Boy, this is not gonna be a good show,' and then it proved me wrong because by the end of the race they were three-wide racing all over the race track. So I think it's a function of the way the pavement and the tire interact and I think as we get rubber down that will change. That's my guess."

-credit: ford racing

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