Michigan: Edwards - Ford interview

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 AAA Taurus, is coming off his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory after winning at Pocono last weekend. Edwards, who jumped to fourth in the point standings, made his series debut here at Michigan ...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 AAA Taurus, is coming off his second NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victory after winning at Pocono last weekend. Edwards, who jumped to fourth in the point standings, made his series debut here at Michigan International Speedway last August and finished 10th.

CARL EDWARDS - No. 99 AAA Taurus

HAVE THINGS CHANGED A LOT FOR YOU OR DO YOU STILL FEEL THE SAME SINCE YOU STARTED TO RACE NEXTEL CUP? "I definitely wake up everyday and it's neat to realize that I get to do something that I've really always wanted to do. A few years ago I lived at my mom's house and worked on my race cars and went racing on the weekend just hoping that something like this would happen. Now I get to stand here and say that I've got a win in all three top NASCAR series and we're doing really well. It's just fun. It's a blast, so I still feel that way. I enjoy every minute of it."

DO YOU BELIEVE HOW MUCH HAS HAPPENED IN SUCH A SHORT TIME? "No, a lot has happened in a short period of time and it's pretty unbelievable to me. My really good friends think it's hilarious. My one friend told me, 'Everytime I see you on TV getting interviewed it doesn't matter what you're saying because I'm laughing so hard.' I do have a blast with it. The people that know me best know that this is really far from my reality. I feel like I've lived two separate lives. It's crazy."

HOW DO YOU LIKE RACING AT MIS? "Racing at Michigan International Speedway is really special for a couple of reasons. First, for me, it's the site of my first Nextel Cup Series race and that holds a lot of really special memories. And, number two, it's the home track of Ford Motor Company and Roush Racing. Jack Roush really has a lot of pride in the performance at this track, so it's fun for those reasons and it's a track that you can pass on. There are multiple grooves. It's really fun to run the high side, but you can also run all the way down to the white line and make up for things if your car is not handling right. So just from a technical standpoint it's a really fun race track to race at, and on top of that of our team has a lot of incentive to run well there."

WHAT DID THAT DEBUT RACE AT MICHIGAN DO FOR YOU FROM A CONFIDENCE STANDPOINT? AFTERALL, YOU FINISHED 10TH. "My first race here did a lot for me as far as my confidence and my team's confidence. I know the first couple laps of practice I was a little bit overwhelmed just driving down the corner at 200 miles an hour or whatever because the car drives a lot differently than the truck. And then during the race we ran in the mid-twenties - 25th or 26th - for a long time and as the race progressed we got the car better and better. I'll never forget I passed Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and I thought, 'That's pretty cool to pass that guy.' And then I got to race with Jeff Gordon a little bit - some guys that, to me, are almost like mythical figures - guys that you read about or watch on TV or race on a video game. So it was really neat to come out of that day and go, 'Man, only nine of these guys beat us.' That was a pretty awesome feeling. Immediately after that I was humbled with a couple of bad performances, but that was a good day."

WHERE DID THE BACKFLIP IDEA COME FROM? "I kind of stole the backflip idea from Tyler Walker. He's a World of Outlaws driver and I saw him do one on a highlight. He did a backflip after he won and I was racing at the local dirt track at that time, and we were winning every once in a while, and I thought, 'I'm gonna start doing that.' So I just started doing backflips. I could do them as a kid off the trampoline or off the diving board or something like that, but the crowd seems to like it so I'm gonna keep doing it. It's kind of fun."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Carl Edwards , Tyler Walker , Jack Roush