Rain cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, meaning Ford driver Carl Edwards will start second in Sunday's Sylvania 300. Edwards spoke about that starting position during a...
Rain cancelled NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday afternoon, meaning Ford driver Carl Edwards will start second in Sunday's Sylvania 300. Edwards spoke about that starting position during a press conference Friday afternoon.
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion
"This rain, I hate to see the rain for the fans and for any of the teams that had to go home, but for us this is a gift. We were struggling in practice, so this gives us a really good opportunity to get a good starting spot and a great pit stall selection. If we can get our act together tomorrow, we should have a good race, but we were hurting a little bit today."
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM WITH PRACTICE TODAY?
"We started out in race trim and then we went to qualifying trim and we came here with something we hadn't raced here before and we just weren't as fast as we needed to be. Some of my teammates were quite a bit quicker, so we were just gonna have to kind of lean on them a little bit for qualifying and hope for the best. It would have been spectacular for us to end up second, so this is really good luck for us."
IS IT GOOD TO INSTANTLY KNOW WHERE YOU ARE COMPARED TO EVERYONE ELSE AT THE START OF THE RACE?
"Right, yeah. I just hope we can stay up there. We'll know tomorrow. To me, the way the weekends work is you unload and the first practice people are qualifying, race trim, you never really know exactly where you stand, and then you run qualifying. Once you get through that, you know how fast everybody can run for a lap, but the true test is on Saturday morning when you really find out how good everybody's race cars are. Bob is really good, even if we do have a bad race car going to bed Saturday night, coming up with something and making it really good for Sunday. At this level, I don't know if you know where you stand, but at least for the first couple of laps I'll be able to see the lead or be in it and that'll be nice."
HOW DO YOU FEEL BEING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW? WOULD YOU RATHER BE WHERE JIMMIE WILL START?
"I don't know here. The outside, it depends on probably how much rubber gets put down on the race track before the race starts. If there's a lot of rubber down, the outside might be good. The cars, when you're on the bottom here, one of the things that makes it so hard to pass is the guy on the bottom gets a little bit of that aero-loose condition, and even though you're not going real fast, you get a little freer on the bottom, so I'm fine with starting on the top. I think that's a safe place and knowing that Kyle and Jimmie and knowing all the guys that are right there, I don't think it should be a problem. I don't have to worry about them getting loose or anything."
DOES IT AFFORD YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE GUYS YOU'RE RACING IN THE CHASE?
"Yeah, we get to kind of be up there and be right in the mix. At least I'll get a good view of how fast those guys are at the beginning of the race. Like I said, hopefully, we can just stay up there with them. You know everybody up there is racing for the same thing, so it should be pretty tame, hopefully, the first few laps."
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