Edwards - Ford interview 2009-03-31

This Week in Ford Racing This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway, a place where Ford driver Carl Edwards swept both events last season. Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, is still looking for...

This Week in Ford Racing

This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway, a place where Ford driver Carl Edwards swept both events last season. Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, is still looking for his first win of 2009

ARE THERE PLACES COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO AND PLACES YOU AREN'T? "I was really looking forward to going to Bristol. I thought, 'Hey, we sat on the pole and won the thing last time,' I thought we would be really good there. I think right now, though, with the way the sport is, everything is so close and everything is so tight that it's hard to say how we're gonna run at the next track we go to. I mean, Bob [Osborne, crew chief] could figure something out and we could run away with this thing on Sunday and win at Martinsville and then we could go to Texas and be terrible. It's really tough to forecast where we're gonna run well, but so far I think we've done a good job of making the most of our bad days. That was the best we could do [at Bristol]. I think I've learned a lot about how to drive for points. We've got to just hope and pray and work hard that for the last 10 races we're good. That's really what's gonna matter. That's it."

ON PAPER, TEXAS APPEARS TO BE WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED. "Texas has historically been great. It's just so strange to me. I watch what happens at these places like Atlanta. Look at how fast the 2 car was. I didn't see that coming. I know they've been getting better at those mile-and-a- halfs, but they figured something out and they're screaming fast. The 18 car was a lap down for most of the day, so who would have thought that's how Atlanta would go? I think that's what this sport is about right now, it's leap-frogging the competition at the right time and having your stuff good in that chase. I know that's kind of a big idea, but it's hard to just say, 'All right, we're going back to Texas and we're gonna haul the mail.' You just don't know."

DOES THE WAY THIS SEASON HAS GONE SO FAR MAKE YOU APPRECIATE THE ROLL YOU WERE ON AT THE END OF LAST YEAR? "Oh, yeah. I think back to the end of last season and if our car was running at the end of the race, we were fighting for the win. I mean, we were right there. That's really special. It's such a precarious place because you're right there at the pinnacle and you can slip off, so you've got to really hold onto that and understand why it's that way. That's why right now I don't think we're quite as good as we were right then, relative to the field, so we've got to make sure not to get any farther off track. We've got to get it back on the center. I don't really feel like we're bad. I think we're better in points than we were last year, but the season is longer it seems like. There's more that can happen quicker."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards