Pocono II: Edwards - Friday media visit

Ford driver Carl Edwards held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session at Pocono Raceway to discuss the weekend ahead and other issues. CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON TRACK CONDITIONS HERE? "This...

Ford driver Carl Edwards held a Q&A session after Friday's practice session at Pocono Raceway to discuss the weekend ahead and other issues.

CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Office Depot Ford Fusion

WHAT IS YOUR VIEW ON TRACK CONDITIONS HERE? "This is auto racing. The track is fine, it's perfect, it's the same race track for everyone. The more bumps and the more patches and cracks and character it has, I think, the better. That's my take on race tracks is that they're not supposed to be perfect."

HOW HAS THIS TRACK CHANGED FROM JUNE? "We've noticed the track is a little slower than it was and I think that's just because the temperature is a little higher than it was in the practice session the last time we were here. This track doesn't change a lot. It's got some really good bumps down in one and two and that makes it real fun to try to find a line and the tunnel turn has a couple of bumps, and then that patch they put in down here (in turn three) is awesome. It gives two real options over there."

WHAT WILL THE ISSUES BE THIS WEEKEND? "I don't see that there will be any issues this weekend. We just raced here and I thought the cars did pretty well here the last time we were at Pocono. Hopefully, there's no major drama. It seems like every week there's something else, but, hopefully, we just have a good race and the fans get what they paid for this week." WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE COMING BACK TO A TRACK THE SECOND TIME? "It's a little simpler when you come back to a track you've already been to because you already have notes and a plan. Bob Osborne had a whole plan for practice and it worked really well. It's the same for everyone, so you don't get an advantage, but it's just a little more comfortable."

WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR TOMORROW? "The plan for tomorrow is to practice all we can here, hopefully all of it, and still make it to the airport. We just have to make sure that the helicopter people understand they cannot leave without us because at that time, if they leave with an empty seat or something because somebody is in a hurry, then the round-trip time will make it impossible for us to make it to Montreal, so we're going to go have that meeting right now."

WHO IS GOING? "I think David and Greg and myself from Roush will be going."

HOW IS YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL COMPARED TO '07? "My confidence level is really high right now. I feel like we have cars that are faster or as fast as anyone -- at least. That's really the hard part in racing is getting all that stuff to work. Our pit crew is doing really well. We've challenged for wins at almost every type of track this season, so this is the best season I've had so far and the best I've felt."

ARE YOU SURPRISED YOU'RE NOT HIGHER IN THE POINTS? "No. The way some of these guys have been running, they're just really strong. I'm not surprised where we're at in the points. I feel like we're right where we deserve to be. We really messed ourselves up with some things this season and had a little bit of bad luck that's kept us from winning a couple of races, but with the performance the way it's been, I'm real happy."

ANY FURTHER THOUGHTS ABOUT LAST WEEK? "No. No further thoughts about last week."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards