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EDWARDS MAKES IT TWO STRAIGHT WINS TO END 2010 Carl Edwards captured his 18th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with today's victory. Ford has now won 7-of-12 NSCS races at Homestead, most among manufacturers. The last time a Ford driver...

EDWARDS MAKES IT TWO STRAIGHT WINS TO END 2010

Carl Edwards captured his 18th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win with today's victory.

Ford has now won 7-of-12 NSCS races at Homestead, most among manufacturers.

The last time a Ford driver won consecutive NSCS races was last season when Matt Kenseth won the first two races of 2009 (Daytona and California).

The win was the 120th all-time NSCS win for Roush Fenway Racing.

Today's win was the 599th all-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win for Ford Racing.

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CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion - VICTORY LANE INTERVIEW - "This is unreal. This is a great way to finish the season. Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson - five championships in a row, that's unreal. I think the way we're going here, if we could start like this our Aflac team could have a shot at them next year. I've just got to thank Scotts for the great lawn products, Aflac, I think I hurt my foot on that backflip, so that's a good time to do it because I've got Aflac coverage. John Force was here and gave me a little motivation on those restarts. I'm just so proud for Ford, Aflac, Scotts, Vitamin Water, Kellogg's, Valvoline - everybody that's been behind us all year. To finish like this is unreal."

HOW DO YOU GO 70 RACES WITHOUT A WIN AND THEN WIN BACK-TO-BACK? "It's just these guys not giving up. We don't give up. My guys are unreal and we just had an unbelievable run towards the end of this season. I'm truly blessed. I'm so excited. Last week, my wife and daughter weren't here and today they are, so I'll get Victory Lane photos with them. It's just a great way to end the season. I can't wait to go to Vegas. I can't wait to go home to Columbia, Missouri. I'm kind of hungry, I'm gonna go get a Subway sandwich and go celebrate with my guys. This is unreal." WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE LAST FEW LAPS? "You know I was really fortunate that Jimmie was racing for the championships because I think he was taking it easy there in the last minute. Our Aflac Fusion was great. I can't believe this. Two wins in a row is just really great. We are finishing the season like we need to. I am excited to go into next year and go into Daytona where hopefully we can be one of the people lining up to knock Jimmie off his throne. That would be nice."

THE WAY YOU GUYS ARE PERFORMING DOWN THE STRETCH, ARE YOU SAD TO SEE THE SEASON END? "It would be nice if we could line up tomorrow morning at Daytona but it will come soon enough. I am going to enjoy the off season. I have a beautiful family and they are here with me today and that means a lot. I am really excited. We will go to the banquet tomorrow and then the banquet in Las Vegas. I am sure we will see some fans there. Once again, Ford Motor Company stuck behind us. Aflac, Scotts, Kellogs, Subway and all my fans that I see every week out here supporting us. We are back on track and I am really excited. It is fun to drive these race cars when they are like this."

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JACK ROUSH, Car Owner - No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion -- "As hard as it is to let Ford people down when they are not at the race track, when they all show up it is even harder yet. The guys just really got themselves up for this and it is a good race track for us. We have great notes for it and the new FR9 engine ran wonderfully. It is a great day."

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JAMIE ALLISON, Director, North America Motorsports

"Oh my gosh. You know they say how you finish is how you start, so we hope this foretells a great 2011 season. For now we get to celebrate this victory and an amazing two in a row for Carl. We are very proud of what Jack has done in the second half of this season."

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GREG BIFFLE - No. 16 3M Ford Fusion (Finished 10th)

"It was a pretty good day. We were off just a little bit with this car. I think our other car was faster. We had to go to a backup car. It was a good day for us, but I just wish we could have finished up there a little higher. That last caution hurt us because I thought we were better than that and guys got to start behind us with new tires. I'm happy Carl won two in a row at the end of the year and we've got our program turned around. It's good for us."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT NEXT YEAR NOW AFTER THIS REBOUND? "I think we're gonna be five spots better, and I think we can win two or three times as many as we did this year - maybe four, five or six wins."

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MATT KENSETH - No. 17 Crown Royal Ford Fusion (Finished 9th)

"I was frustrated at the very end. I was happy that we performed better, but I was too loose all day and just couldn't keep up. We worked on it and tried hard all day, but we just couldn't find that right adjustment."

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DAVID RAGAN - No. 6 UPS Ford Fusion (Finished 20th)

YOU RAN IN THE TOP 10 ALMOST THE ENTIRE RACE, BUT THE CAUTION THAT CAME OUT DURING PIT STOPS REALLY HURT THE TEAM. "It was just unfortunate the yellow came out when it did. Drew [Blickensderfer] and everyone was doing such a good job and our UPS Ford was fast, but we've got to keep working on the pit crew. We had a few mistakes that hurt us and that is probably the difference between being on the lead lap and not when that caution came out. We had a good car, we just didn't have the luck on our side and that seems to be the way of how a lot of our season has gone. I'm proud of the way our cars have been running and it's great to be able to qualify in the top 10 and run in the top 10 the whole race, but we just did not get the result that we wanted here. Nevertheless, looks like a good offseason for us and we have some good things to look forward to."

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DONNIE WINGO, Crew Chief - No. 21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion (Bill Elliott finished 15th)

"We got the right-front fender knocked off of it and then on another restart somebody came down on us and got on the left-front, so we had to pit under green and lost a lap. We took the wave around and got that back and just fought hard and dug all day. We kind of waited there at the end to pit as long as we could and it paid off for us."

TWO TOP-20 RUNS TO END THE YEAR. HOW DO YOU FEEL? "I think everybody has done well with all the transition we've gone through the last two or three weeks. I hate that we had issues at Charlotte because I think we had a pretty good car there, too."

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ARIC ALMIROLA, No. 9 Budweiser Ford Fusion

"This is awesome. Working with Kenny Francis and all the guys on this Budweiser team has been a pleasure. They have fast race cars. Really fast race cars. Richard Petty Motorsports should be very proud of themselves. I know they are going through a lot, but they are going to get this race team turned around. They have great equipment, great people and they are going to be successful."

WAS IT NERVE RACKING RACING AROUND THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS? "Oh my gosh, it was. I was so conscious to not make a mistake. I made several today and we were able to rebound. It felt like we had a car capable of winning. All in all it was a great day and I am proud of all my guys on this team to step in and let me fill in on this team has been fun. I have learned a lot and it has been awesome."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 43 Insignia/Best Buy Ford Fusion

"That was pretty wild. We were pretty good in the beginning and then about the third run in we got so loose it was almost like something broke on the race car. We were so loose and we tried everything to fix it. We basically flipped this thing upside down. I give all the credit to Mike Shiplett who kept me calm and pep talked me. I was frustrated and it was tough out there but he kept working on it and throwing things at it and finally we hit something at the end. It still wasn't great but we got it raceable and we got a little lucky with that yellow to get us track position and a top five."

THAT IS A PRETTY EXCITING WAY TO END YOUR YEAR ON WHAT HAS BEEN A BIT OF A CRAZY SEASON FOR YOU ISN'T IT? "Yeah, all the credit goes to my race team and all the guys back at the shop. Credit goes to Ford, Insignia, Best Buy and Valvoline too. This team could have easily fallen apart and fought and just dismantled itself, but I feel like we became stronger and when we figure this stuff out back at the shop we will get this race team back where it needs to be and I think we will be that much stronger for having gone through this."

-source: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Matt Kenseth , John Force , Jimmie Johnson , Richard Petty , Carl Edwards
Teams Richard Petty Motorsports , Roush Fenway Racing