Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Charter Taurus in the NASCAR Busch Series and the No. 99 Office Depot Taurus in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, held a brief Q&A session after rain postponed Thursday's practice and spoke on a variety of ...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Charter Taurus in the NASCAR Busch Series and the No. 99 Office Depot Taurus in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, held a brief Q&A session after rain postponed Thursday's practice and spoke on a variety of topics.
CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Office Depot Taurus
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THE MOST THIS YEAR? "You keep learning things and keep learning new things and I go, 'Wow, I never thought how that would feel' or what it would take to deal with that. One of the things...is just how fleeting success or how fleeting it can be here in this sport and how precise everything has to be to have a really great run. We had great success at Atlanta and then it was two weeks in a row - at Bristol I made a mistake and set us back and we had a bad day. And then at Martinsville we had another bad day. I realized really quickly that, wow, you really have to stay on top of things. You have to give 100 percent all the time. You can't rest on any success that you had even if it was 10 minutes ago. If something great happened, you just have to go out and keep doing your job. I think that experience is just as valuable as learning the race tracks and learning the setups and things like that. It's something that I'm getting better at just in the last month or two. I feel like I've become a little bit more of a better competitor as far as keeping my emotions level and understanding what I have to do so that I don't have those bad days. There's a fine line between trying just the right amount and trying too hard."
IS JIMMIE JOHNSON GETTING A BAD RAP ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT TALLADEGA? "To be honest with you, I haven't read anything or seen anything about it."
SOME GUYS HAVE SAID HE'S AN IDIOT. "I don't think Jimmie Johnson is an idiot. I think all of these guys are amazing. I've made a lot of mistakes. My car was tore up in a wreck on Saturday. Our Charter Busch car was tore up and destroyed, which ruined our string of top 10s and that's very frustrating. It was a wreck that I didn't cause, and then on Sunday we had another wreck that I didn't cause that tore up our Cup car. I actually thought about it after the race. I thought, 'Man, somebody caused those wrecks and I feel bad for that guy because a lot of people are gonna point fingers.' But we all cause wrecks. We all make mistakes. It's been my argument from the beginning that it's really difficult to understand sometimes, for me, I think after a couple of weeks people all realize that we're all out there trying to do our very best. I don't think people intentionally wreck anyone very often. I think everyone is just trying their hardest. I mean, heck, we're all allowed to make mistakes. That's just the way I feel about wrecks and stuff like that."
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HANDLE BUSCH AND CUP DUTIES WHEN THE SERIES SPLIT? "For me personally, what I'm trying to do is frankly the experience that we've so far this season - we just talked about having the success and then having a couple of bad weeks - I feel like I'm getting a real realistic view of what I need to focus on as far as just finishing the races - just get through the races and get the points we can get. As a driver, what I'm trying to do is just prepare for those races by going over the notes from the way we've run there in the past. Like Pocono, just go over any test notes. We're gonna go test there, so we'll focus real hard on that - go over any test notes that any of our teammates have had in the past there - and then just do my best to be in shape and to be mentally prepared to go back and forth and miss some practices. I brought my computer this week with my steering wheel and all that just so I could sit in the motorhome and practice some more racing. I'm just doing everything I can do."
WHO WILL HELP YOU? "Hank Parker, Jr. is gonna be the guy that helps us with the Busch car. To be honest with you, I'm just going week to week. When we get about two weeks out from that we'll have a really definite plan on how we're gonna approach that weekend and which sessions we're gonna prioritize. If there is rain somewhere and it's a questionable weather situation, we're gonna have to determine which track is a priority to be at and I think with Bob Osborne and Brad Parrott we'll be able to make good decisions. When I did that with the trucks last year, it was a new experience and I really enjoyed it a lot. I think that's gonna help me a lot."