Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Dover. Edwards met with the media Friday afternoon before qualifying. CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, is in eighth place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at Dover. Edwards met with the media Friday afternoon before qualifying.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
IS THIS A BIT OF A CRITICAL TIME IN THE SEASON IN TERMS OF PUTTING SOME DISTANCE BETWEEN YOUR TEAM AND 13TH PLACE IN THE STANDINGS? "It's very critical. We look at the distance between us and 13th every week -- I think we've got a little over 100 points right now, we'd really like to get that above 180 or 150 so we don't have to totally rely on everything going well at Richmond. Every race is really important. Last week we tore the thing up and finished 15th. That was a huge victory for us."
HOW IMPORTANT IS QUALIFYING HERE AT DOVER? "I don't know if qualifying is super-important here at Dover. It's just a lot of fun. You just drive the heck out of the car in qualifying here. It's awesome. It's a chance to really go fast. We started racing cars because it's fun to go fast and this place really feels fast."
JIMMIE JOHNSON TALKED ABOUT HAVING TO SHARE A PIT STALL LAST YEAR AND HOW THAT REALLY AFFECTED HIS RACE. DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT HERE? "No, our car, I think, is pretty good. We're going 33rd, we've got a great draw. We just got to see how it goes. We'll run about a 95-percent or so lap. Hopefully, that'll put us in the top 10 or 12. You don't want to mess up qualifying here. I've had a lot of things happen here on pit road -- it's a tough pit road."
IT WAS A PHYSICAL CHALLENGE IN THE 600-MILER AT CHARLOTTE LAST WEEKEND, BUT THIS IS A DIFFERENT PHYSICAL CHALLENGE HERE. "I've got my trainer here with me this week, and we talked about what part of the year is the hardest, and these two weeks are the ones -- and including Darlington, if we didn't have the All-Star break this would be an awesome three-week stretch as far as difficulty."
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE CAR OF TOMORROW NOW? "Yeah, I'm getting a little more comfortable with the Car of Tomorrow. A race car is a race, you know what I mean? These things are great race cars, you just have to get a handle on them. We've been working really hard and I think it's showing. We're doing a little more testing, focusing more resources on this thing. It's getting better and better."
THE CAR OF TOMORROW WILL BE RUN IN ALL THE RACES NEXT SEASON. IS THERE A WAY TO PREDICT HOW IT WILL RUN AT PLACES WHERE IT HASN'T RUN YET? "I don't know. We haven't realty run it on a big mile and a half. There's going to be some aero stuff that's going to be key. It's going to be different, but it's the same for everybody. It'll be alright, but I have a feeling it's going to be a little bit tough to race real close to people. I think you're going to see people having to do different things to pass."
DOVER IS A UNIQUE TRACK -- IT'S CONCRETE, IT'S HIGH-BANKED. AS A DRIVER, WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES AS YOU APPROACH RACING HERE? "The first priority when you come here is to take about the first 10 laps easy, because it's so easy to wreck hard here. The first time I came here I wrecked two trucks before 10 laps were done in the race -- I wrecked the first one in practice and destroyed the second one on the eighth lap, or something. So, that's my first priority. Other than that, this is a fun track. This one gives me the biggest sensation of speed. When you go down into turn one or three and the car kind of launches off into the corner, it feels faster than any other track we go to."
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