CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion (Finished 24th) OPEN INTERVIEW "Brad (Keselowski) was doing everything right. He was pushing and that's what you have to do to win. I knew he was gonna try to get around me, I just didn't realize how...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 99 Claritin Ford Fusion (Finished 24th)
"Brad (Keselowski) was doing everything right. He was pushing and that's what you have to do to win. I knew he was gonna try to get around me, I just didn't realize how much better his car would be when he broke the plane of my rear bumper, so when I saw him turn down, I immediately started to turn down but he had already come up along my left side a couple inches, a foot maybe, so it turned me when I turned down. I mean, he did everything right. NASCAR puts us in a box. If he drives below the line, he loses the race, so what's a guy supposed to do? So you end up having to wreck people or having to get second and none of us want to do that."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE FLIPPING IN THE AIR LIKE THAT?
"That's the first time I've flipped a race car. I was a little nervous about where I was gonna end up and then I hit the fence and I never hit the fence with something other than the side of my car. I don't know exactly which part of my car hit the fence, but I was real nervous that that was the top of the cage and that would have been really, really bad. Hopefully, they can do something somehow to change this style of racing. I just told the people on the network, I guess we'll do this until somebody gets killed and then we'll change it, but that's the way it is."
IT LOOKED LIKE BRAD WATCHED THE TAPE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH REGAN AND TONY LAST YEAR. HE PROBABLY WANTED TO GIVE YOU ROOM.
"Look, Brad is a great guy. He's awesome. He's one of my heroes. He's a guy who has worked hard to get where he's at, he can't give up the win. He's got to let me turn across his hood. That's what I'd do to him. It's what we have to do. I don't know how I'd change this racing. I know it's a spectacle for everybody and that's great and all, but it's not right to ask all these guys to come out and do this. What if the car goes up in the grandstands and kills 25 people? You know what I mean? At some point, they've got to say, 'Look, we've got to change this around a little bit.'"
WILL THIS BE MOMENTUM TO CHANGE THINGS?
"I don't know. I was thinking about that out there. What's the point? I ran around in the back all day. I didn't race until the last 30 laps, so what's the point of the whole event? It's just a spectacle, that's cool, I can deal with that, but it shouldn't be worth points."
THE TWO-CAR DRAFT WORKED TODAY. DID YOU PLAN THAT?
"You aren't gonna win unless you have somebody pushing you or you're pushing someone all the way around the race track -- I mean 360 degrees around the circle. That's the box we're in. That's what you have to do, so I was extremely grateful Brad was pushing me. That was my only chance to win. I guess if I had to do it over again I'd just move over and let him go and finish fourth, I wouldn't even try to win because you're gonna have wrecks like that if you try."
WERE YOU CONCERNED YOU WERE GOING IN THE GRANDSTANDS?
"I saw some fencing at one point and that made me a little bit nervous. I don't know if I could live with myself if I ended up in the grandstands."
WHAT ABOUT RUNNING ACROSS THE LINE?
"I just felt like I needed to finish the race. That's too damn close to walk away. And I was very happy not to be hurt."
IS THIS THE WORST WRECK YOU'VE EVER BEEN IN?
"Yeah. That's about it."
-credit: ford racing