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CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion "It was a lot of fun. I was a little bit nervous about the lap because of the guys that had trouble right beforehand, and it just shows how much the track changes. It got a lot different when it...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion

"It was a lot of fun. I was a little bit nervous about the lap because of the guys that had trouble right beforehand, and it just shows how much the track changes. It got a lot different when it got cooler. I'm really happy the guys had the car really good, and I think it's gonna be important, obviously, to start up front because it's such a short race and we really want to be in the all-star race."

HOW WILL THE PIT STOP BETWEEN SEGMENTS CHANGE STRATEGY?

"I haven't gone over our exact strategy with Bob yet. We'll go over it tonight and then tomorrow again. If we have to pit, then the first 20 laps is gonna be able to analyze what the car is doing and communicate that to Bob is gonna be key and it's gonna be huge. If it's a deal where your pit speed determines where you come out on the race track and it's not a thing where you line it up where you were after 20 laps, then it's gonna minimize the amount of changes. You're gonna have to do things that are quick. You can't be adding spring rubbers or some shock adjustments or whatever. It will be a lot about tire pressures and wedge and paying attention to how the track changes. It seems to change a lot. It'll be interesting."

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH ANY MONEY YOU WIN?

"What I decided to do was I was so bummed out about making it in the all-star race that I thought, 'Man, if we make it in it's just gonna be icing on the cake.' It'll be a fun time, so I'm gonna donate whatever money I make from that deal to Speedway Children's Charity and Victory Junction Gang Camp. I'm gonna just split it, so hopefully we win the thing and donate a bunch of money. That would be cool."

THE WHOLE MILLION?

"Well, I don't think I get the whole million. Whatever I get, I'll donate."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup