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CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd) TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT. "Man, it was a lot of fun. Like Jon said, seeing that yellow 50 up there makes you work awfully hard. We've got a little rivalry going back at the...

CARL EDWARDS-99-Roush Racing Ford F-150 (Finished 2nd)

TALK ABOUT YOUR RACE TONIGHT.

"Man, it was a lot of fun. Like Jon said, seeing that yellow 50 up there makes you work awfully hard. We've got a little rivalry going back at the shop."

"I get the top slot this week. We had a great truck. We went out and on the short runs, we were loose. That's how we almost got in trouble once. As it would go on, we would get tighter and tighter, and when we were leading it was great. As soon as we got behind anybody, it was no good. I was hoping for cautions at the end. That lap 18 from the end caution helped us. We just kept adjusting on it and I think that's as good as we could run considering how well Brendan was doing. We'd like to be one-two. Mine was pretty good, but his was just out there. It's good and that's what we needed. We have two blank trucks. We had a terrible weekend on my part at Dover last weekend and this is what we needed."

WERE YOU SURPRISED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR FORD UP FRONT?

"That's great. On the practice sheet it didn't show us doing that well. We had a lot of Dodges up front, so it says a lot about how our crews work together, the way we work together on the track."

TALK ABOUT YOUR MOVE THROUGH THE RACING RANKS COMPARED WITH JON.

"We come from two totally different backgrounds. My first Winston Cup race was this year, and Jon has been around this his whole life. I've learned a lot from him coming here into Roush. He's an unavailable talent. My journey here, I saw some people sleeping in their vans this morning over in the infield in turn 1, and I thought, man, I know what that's like. You have to get to the races and you've got to be there however you can get there. My mom came here today and she's really the one who motivated me to keep going and work hard at this dream. Leading that race tonight, it was amazing, it was worth all the work in the world."

TALK ABOUT YOUR LATE-RACE STRATEGY.

"I wanted to keep my mine as wide as I could, but the way he (Gaughan) went around me on the outside, other than crashing up both, I don't think that I could have blocked him. Man, I wanted to do something. There's only so many things you can do when a guy's that fast. Besides from crashing him, I don't think we could have beat him tonight. The strategy was just go as fast as we could."

THIS IS YOU BEST CAREER TRUCK SERIES FINISH.

"That was neat. I was really thinking that we could pull that one off. I was really hoping for a win. Second is awesome. After last week, I would have taken anything as long as the truck was straight."

TALK ABOUT HOW QUICKLY THINGS ARE GOING FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.

"They weren't going really quickly up until tonight. We've had some lackluster finishes. Our team is really great, and I have to thank all the people that came up to me and grabbed me on the shoulder and told me to calm down this last week. I didn't really try that hard up until that last pit stop. I think that's what some of these smart veterans are doing and it seemed to work pretty well. I'm trying to learn how to slow down and then race hard at the end."

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Series NASCAR Truck
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