Phoenix II: Pole winner interview

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st) "I told them after that lap, I said, 'That was a blast.' The guys did a great job with the car -- everybody. These cars of tomorrow have been a lot of work for everybody on our...

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion (Qualified 1st)

"I told them after that lap, I said, 'That was a blast.' The guys did a great job with the car -- everybody. These cars of tomorrow have been a lot of work for everybody on our team, but they've stepped up and done a great job. Since we unloaded this thing has been fast, so I'm really proud of my guys."

IS THE GOAL TO JUST GET AS MUCH AS YOU CAN IN THE POINTS FROM HERE ON OUT?

"That's exactly right. All we're trying to do is be as late in the program on Friday night in New York as we can be. That's what we're trying to do. For me as a driver it would mean the world to get as great of a points finish as we can this year. I don't think, barring Jeff and Jimmie just not showing up, we're not exactly racing for a championship anymore, but we are racing for our own championship and the best we can do is go win a couple of races."

WOULD YOU RACE JIMMIE OR JEFF AS HARD AS MATT RACED JIMMIE LAST WEEK?

"You can bet I'll race them just as hard as I can. Throughout the week everyone talks about points and you can talk about all this stuff, but when it comes down to five or six laps to go, I think everyone that's driving one of those race cars out there, if you have a chance to win the race, you've got to go 110 percent. I don't know of one guy out there who could live with himself if he didn't. That was cool to see those guys. I only got to see little parts of it. I was kind of looking at the screen every once in a while. I could tell they were racing real hard, but that's pretty cool to see. That's what this sport is about. It's about trying to go out and win races and we all do that."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR SILVER CROWN CAR LAST NIGHT?

"Yeah, out team won the Copper World Classic last night, which is crazy. Cameron Dodson did a great job driving the car. I got to spot for him, which I don't think I ever spotted for a car that won a race. To know that my name was on the car and I got to be a part of that was huge. I got the same feeling the last four or five laps that I get when I'm in a race car and I think we can win. It was a lot of anxiety and really, really exciting to see that, so I'm very proud of Cameron. Hopefully, next year we can make a championship run with him in the USAC Silver Crown Series. I'm pretty excited."

DOES IT CONCERN YOU ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS WHO HAVE COME IN TO POTENTIALLY TAKE SPOTS AWAY FROM GUYS LIKE YOU WHO CAME UP THROUGH THE RANKS?

"That's a good question and I've thought about it a little bit. Dario Franchitti had a great quote about it, I can't remember it, but he said, and I believe it, that those guys have all struggled in their own ways to make names for themselves, they've just done it in a different form of motorsports. I believe that it's good for international drivers, Formula One caliber and champions in Formula One can come over here and race in NASCAR. I think that's a good thing. I do believe and I have faith in the fact that this sport is so tough -- Nextel Cup is so tough -- that if they can't hack it and if they can't do the job, they won't be here for very long. If there is some kid from Booneville, Missouri, who can drive a race car better than them, I think right now -- just like Jeff talked about -- in this sport there are a lot of opportunities in this sport for talent and I just gotta have faith in that and I think it'll work out. I don't think it's a bad thing."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Cameron Dodson