Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, qualified second for Sunday's Ford 400. HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "Jamie and I, like he was saying, we were all in a battle here and my mission was to do two things - number one, to...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion, qualified second for Sunday's Ford 400.
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP?
"Jamie and I, like he was saying, we were all in a battle here and my mission was to do two things - number one, to beat Jamie. We did that and I thought, 'Man, we've got it. We've got the pole,' and then Kasey came along and got the pole, so there couldn't be two better guys to race for this. I'm happy for Kasey to get the pole and I'm happy for Jamie that he's gonna get the award this year. You've had an amazing year. For us, we came into this race focused on this qualifying effort and it is disappointing to not get the pole, but we'll have a great starting spot. Hopefully, we'll have a fast race car, but the way I look at it, though, is if there's any way to get an award that has anything to do with fast qualifying, I don't think I'll ever be that guy. It looks like I've maintained that streak, but we have had a lot of fun this year and qualifying has been a lot better, so it was a good lap for us."
WHY ARE YOU WINNING POLES THIS YEAR?
"Being from Missouri seems to help (laughter). I don't know how to answer that question, but I can say the same thing I said at the beginning of the season. If you get married or you change something in your life, and you go out and run really well, that's why you ran really well. And if something changes and you run really poorly, that's why you ran really poorly. It just seems like you run as well as you're gonna run and people attribute it to whatever is going on in your life, so that's just the way it goes. I don't think about my daughter or my wife when I'm in the race car. Why am I winning poles? Because our car is faster in qualifying trim. And truly for us, we have put more effort on it in the last half of the year. We've spent more time in qualifying trim and I think that's been a big help to us. We have to spend that much time. He doesn't have to spend as much time as us, but we've got to spend that much time to go that fast, but we've put the effort in."
-source: ford racing