CARL EDWARDS -60-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd) "It was just a blast all night. It was fun, those long green runs. We had one really long one and that was a lot of fun. My team did a great job. The only reason we really had a ...
CARL EDWARDS -60-Ameriquest Mortgage Ford Fusion (Finished 2nd)
"It was just a blast all night. It was fun, those long green runs. We had one really long one and that was a lot of fun. My team did a great job. The only reason we really had a chance to win that race was that we got off pit road first on that pit stop and Matt got shuffled back. He had the fastest car all night. I told PK (Pierre Kuettel), 'Whatever they're doing, we need to go copy it because that thing is awesome,' but it was fun to race him for the win. I don't know. Those few laps when we were kind of battling, that was a blast."
WHAT WAS IT THAT HARVICK DID THAT WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE?
"His season speaks for itself. I don't know how many top fives he has, it's something like 19 or something - nine wins. I don't know if he had a DNF or not. He's just had an unbelievable season. Their team has done a great job. To me, I haven't been around this sport for very long, but it seemed like he had one of those years. Hopefully it's rare for him (laughing), but it was like they had the fastest cars and they had the best luck. If he would have had a little worse cars, he still would have won it. If he'd have had worse luck, he still would have won it. They just ran us in the ground. I was proud to stay within 1000 points of him."
DO YOU SEE FORD TURNING THE TIDE IN BUSCH AND CUP NEXT YEAR?
"I sure hope so. The people at Ford Motor Company have been very good to me. They seem like a great group of people. Everyone I've met there seems like they're doing the best they can for the company as a whole and definitely do the best they can for Roush Racing and the motorsports initiative. I really hope that in general Ford Motor Company is turning the page and I really hope that they're doing it on the race track as well. It's nice that the last two nights Fords have won and the last two weeks in the Busch Series and that's cool."
WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT YEAR BUSCH AND CUP?
"We're gonna run the Office Depot Cup car again full-time. I don't know if we've announced the sponsor for the Busch car yet, but I'm pretty excited about the sponsorship stuff going on in the Busch Series, but I'm gonna run it full-time. We're not gonna have Ameriquest on the car because they're going to Biffle's car, but they've been great this year. Henkel's has been great. I've had a good time this year, so I'm gonna do it again. The mission for me is to win both championships in one year and I think that would be the ultimate in American motorsports for me."
HOW LONG CAN YOU DO BOTH SERIES FULL TIME?
"For me personally, I think I have better physical and mental health than I did the beginning of the season, so I feel I made up ground this season. I think it's just how you approach it and I feel like I have good teams. I remember reading magazines and watching Kevin Harvick do what he did that season and being just so jealous because he got to race so much. I though it was unbelievable that a guy races 25,000 miles or so a year. I don't know, I always thought that would be the ultimate, so when Jack gave me the opportunity I'm just gonna keep doing it until I don't really want to do it. Right now I'm really excited to do it again next year and if I don't feel like that, I won't do it the year after that, but I'll probably keep doing it."
HOW MUCH WAS LAST WEEK BEING BACK WITH BOB OSBORNE IN THE CUP CAR?
"Honestly, I think that it's pretty seamless, the transition there. He didn't bring anything that day on Sunday. I don't mean that in a bad way, but like he didn't bring anything that Wally didn't bring. They're very comparable in their abilities, I believe. They have completely different personalities, which they're both fun, but I think what you saw in Phoenix was a lot of Wally, but I don't expect anything less from Bob so we should be good."
WHAT DOES THANKSGIVING MEAN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?
"Where do we go, mom? Do we go to like Golden Corral or Denny's? (laughter) My dad was always working at the shop and my mom was always working, trying to make money for us and keep everything in order. Sometimes we'd go visit some family or something, but mostly it was just a day off where we would goof around at the house and ride motorcycles or maybe we'd go to Denny's. I don't know. To me, I don't look at the holidays, I look at a Monday or a Tuesday or any day I can spend with my family as being really important, but I guess now it's different though. I do get to spend more time just during the holidays, so they mean more to me now I guess than they used to is what I'm saying."
IS THERE ANYTHING TRADITIONAL AS FAR AS FOOD?
"You'd cook every once in a while (looking at his mom). Didn't you cook one time and it got messed up and then we had to go out to dinner or something. I don't mean to throw you under the bus. My mom's the greatest. There's a lot more to being a mom than cooking and she did all of them really well."
YOU'VE BEEN SO CLOSE ALL YEAR TO WINNING. WERE YOU THINKING ABOUT BEING SNAKEBITTEN LATE IN THE RACE WHEN YOU WERE LEADING?
"Yeah, I actually did think about that a little bit. I don't know, all of those races were fun anyway. Racing is racing. I'm truly learning to love this sport even more than I used to. I used to be so upset if I didn't win that it was probably detrimental to me and now I'm just really able to enjoy it and if we win, we win and if I do my best and we don't, I'm all right with it. We've won our fair share and we'll win some more hopefully."
YOU MAY BE THE FAVORITE IN THE BUSCH SERIES NEXT YEAR. YOUR THOUGHTS.
"How many races is he running? Do you know?"
"He'll be tough to beat still I guess. I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. I just talked to PK. I pulled him aside. He's a great guy and I think we're gonna try to keep most of our team intact. Harry McMullen moved over there to manage that shop from the Cup side and I know he's on a mission to win championships in the Truck Series and the Busch Series, so I'm pumped about it. I think it'll be a blast. I'm excited to go testing in Vegas and get rolling. It's gonna be good."
OF THE BUSCH REGULARS NOT IN CUP, WHO STOOD OUT?
"There are guys that are always fast. Kenny Wallace is a great race car driver and he does a great job. Paul Menard, I think, is a guy that everybody knows came out and did his job really well. Gilliland. He's gonna run full-time, I think, so he'll be good. The guy, honestly, I'm gonna predict this since I've got the chance, but I think Shane Huffman driving that 88 is gonna be spectacular next year. I think he's gonna be very tough."
IS THERE A WAY TO MAKE IT MORE FAIR FOR THE REGULAR BUSCH GUYS?
"It would be kind of fun if they awarded points for qualifying and then inverted the field or something like that. That would be fun. That would make it more exciting. I'd be all for that. It's a slippery slope. What if Shane Huffman goes out there and he wins 15 races next year and dominates. Everybody's gonna go, 'What are we gonna do to slow him down?" It's racing. I don't know what to say about it. I'm just glad they let me race because I like it. I had a fun time to night. I don't know if there's a way to make it better or more fair. I don't know."
BUT DON'T YOU THINK GILLILAND GOT A CUP RIDE BECAUSE HE BEAT YOU CUP REGULARS?
"Yeah, the problem is I'm a person and I just get to drive the car. I'm a Cup driver and I don't know, I'm sure if someone were sitting up here that owns a single-car Busch team he might have some light to shed on it, but I'm not certain about it."
CAN BUSCH GUYS STILL BE DISCOVERED THERE?
"I don't know. Obviously it happened this year. Mike McLaughlin told me this a long time ago and I believe it's true. If you stick with it long enough and you have the talent, you'll be recognized and you'll get your opportunities. You look at Jack Roush's program and all the young drivers he's brought up. At the same time Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle and myself and Mark Martin running Busch programs, but he's giving opportunities to guys straight off of short track late model racing to run in the Busch Series. I don't know if he can do that if he didn't have teams like our 60 team and stuff like that. I don't know how well that would work. There are guys like Eric Almorola and Danny O'Quinn and Todd Kluever and David Ragan and all them are getting opportunities and Shane Huffman. I don't know. If they changed the rules, I'll gladly race under any rules. That's fine. I just like to race."
DO YOU THINK THE POINT SYSTEM SHOULD CHANGE TO THE CHASE?
"I don't know. Everybody grew up racing with the old point system. Every race track around the country, I don't know if they do it anymore, but it seems like everybody grew up racing with the standard point system, where the guy who accumulates the most for the season wins. I like a point system like that. I like the chase. I think it's really good for the fans, but, personally, I think it's really fun to race all season for points too. I think that's kind of neat. Both of them have their benefits, but I think for the fans the chase format is more exciting."
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL MEMORY OF MARK?
"Mark Martin is a heck of a guy. Everybody knows that. I don't know. I guess my whole relationship with Mark has taught me a lot. We started out, he took me under his wing. We were best buddies. He helped me out a lot and then I can't remember what I did that made him mad. We were at Bristol one time and I was in front of him and he needed to get by me and he just almost wrecked me. He got me out of the way and moved me and I remember thinking, 'Wow, that's not Mark.' I had done something like that to him recently, so I called him the next Monday and he gave me a pretty good reaming and explained to me why he did that and if that's how I want to race, that's how we'd race. He taught me a little bit about give and take and stuff like that, so that's probably the thing I remember most is sitting on the phone with him that one time. That was pretty educational and I really appreciate him taking the time and giving me chances to kind of earn his respect and stuff. That's the kind of guy he is. You can tell when he talks to you because he looks you straight in the eye and takes time out for you. That's cool."
-credit: ford racing