Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, held his Q&A session following Friday's practice session at Michigan International Speedway. WAS IT SLICK OUT THERE TODAY? "Yeah, it is a little slippery and that's fun. That's ...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion, held his Q&A session following Friday's practice session at Michigan International Speedway.
WAS IT SLICK OUT THERE TODAY? "Yeah, it is a little slippery and that's fun. That's Michigan in August. I think it's gonna be pretty warm on Sunday, so it should be a pretty exciting race for the drivers, too."
CAN YOU BASE ANYTHING OFF THE LAST RACE HERE? "Yeah, I mean your basic setup carries over, but we're trying different things and with the track being hot and slippery it's gonna be a little bit different race track, so hopefully it's sunny tomorrow in practice on Saturday and we can figure out how to set the cars up for Sunday."
DO YOU HAVE CONFIDENCE COMING HERE WITH THE SUCCESS ROUSH FENWAY HAS HAD? "Yeah, coming to Michigan is a lot of fun just because we run so well here. I think it takes every aspect of your team to run well here, the engines, your strategy, the body, the setup, everything has to be good and I think it shows the strength of our team."
THIS TRACK IS LIKE FONTANA AND WE'RE GOING THERE IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS. "Yeah, I like these two-mile ovals. They're a lot of fun to drive, especially when it's hot and slippery and that will be Fontana when we go back there, so that should be fun."
DOES ANYTHING CARRYOVER FROM MICHIGAN TO FONTANA? "The tracks are very similar. Fontana is just a little flatter, it seems like, and a little wider with a couple more bumps. They're both different, but they're both fun. I like them both." WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RYAN NEWMAN JOINING TONY STEWART'S TEAM? "Yeah, I just read that the other day. I don't think anyone is surprised. Everybody kind of thought that's what was gonna happen. They're both really great racers and I wish them a lot of luck."
KANSAS MAY ASK FOR A SECOND RACE IF THEIR CASINO PROPOSAL IS APPROVED. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? "Another race at Kansas would be great for me. That's almost home, so that would be nice."
WHERE SHOULD WE LOSE A RACE IF KANSAS WANTS ANOTHER ONE? "Martinsville would be fine because I don't run well there (laughing). I don't know. Nothing against Martinsville or anything, in a way, it's really impossible to say one track deserves a date and another one doesn't. You take a track like Martinsville, for example, the fans there deserve a race and deserve to see these cars run and the owners deserve it just as much as any other track. That's what's so tough when you see a place like Darlington lose a date or something like that. That's the business side of it and, luckily, I don't have to make those decisions."
LAST WEEK WHEN RYAN WRECKED DID YOU HAVE ANY WARNING AS TO WHERE HE WAS? "Yeah, I saw him spin out and saw him roll back a little bit. It wasn't really that bad. I guess it looked worse on TV. That's just part of it. I've been that guy sitting in the middle of the track praying that nobody hit me." CAN YOU CATCH CLINT IN THE NATIONWIDE SERIES? "Yeah, we can catch Clint in the Nationwide Series."
HOW ARE THINGS BETWEEN YOU TWO? "Yeah, I guess they're fine. Last week, it wouldn't have mattered if it was the Dalai Lama in that car, I was hitting somebody in that spot because I couldn't get stopped. I was just kind of holding on and hoping for the best at that point. We've never run into each other intentionally and I think we're fine."
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