Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion, comes to Talladega Superspeedway ranked eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. He held his weekly Q&A session between Cup practice sessions Friday...
Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion, comes to Talladega Superspeedway ranked eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. He held his weekly Q&A session between Cup practice sessions Friday afternoon.
WHAT'S YOUR OUTLOOK ON THIS WEEKEND? "The Fords have run well at this place. I'll never forget Dale Jarrett's win here and our Nationwide car seems real strong, so it would be a great place for me to get my first win of the season. I haven't had a superspeedway win yet, so, to me, everytime I come to these tracks I know the opportunity is there to get that first one. It's nerve-wracking in a way to race here, but it's something that's so different it's a cool change of pace."
LAST FALL YOU STAYED IN THE BACK BEFORE TRYING TO GET TO THE FRONT. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT YOU'LL DO THIS TIME AROUND? "I don't know how I'm gonna run it. If we're running up front, I'll probably run real hard and try to stay up there. If you start falling back, it's just tough to sit there and run in the middle of 30 cars and think that that's safe to do. It just kind of depends on what everybody does. You can't lose the pack, but if there are four or five guys back there running, you can go back there and kind of catch your breath a little bit and make a run for the front later."
DO YOU LIKE THE CHESS MATCH THIS PROVIDES? "In a way, I know it's exciting for the fans, but I personally don't think that this style of racing should be a part of the Sprint Cup Series. It's just too bad we have to race like this. If it weren't for points it would be a little different, but you've really got to go out there and put yourself in a position where you're just at the mercy of everything and I hope that someday we can find a way to race at these tracks without being in that position."
YOU'RE PARTICIPATING IN A FORD EVENT WHERE A TEAM WILL BE TRYING TO GO 1,000 MILES ON ONE TANK OF GAS IN A 2010 FUSION HYBRID. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THAT? "That's gonna be a blast. We're going to Washington, D.C. right after we race this Claritin car on Sunday. We're gonna travel up to Washington and I guess I'm gonna get to drive the last leg of the 1,000 miles on one tank of fuel in a Ford Fusion Hybrid. That's gonna be really neat. For me, I'm proud to represent Ford and what they're doing to build cars right now that the world needs, and it will be fun to go up there and do that. They've got Wayne Gerdes, the hypermiling champion, and these guys can get more than 1,000 miles out of a tank of fuel. I've got one of these Fusion Hybrids at home and I'm hoping to learn some tricks and save a little money. That would be cool."
-credit: ford racing