BUSCH: Nashville: Edwards - Ford Friday interview

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, currently holds a 197-point lead in the Busch Series driver point standings heading into Saturday's Pepsi 300. Edwards, who won the June race at Nashville Superspeedway last season,...

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, currently holds a 197-point lead in the Busch Series driver point standings heading into Saturday's Pepsi 300. Edwards, who won the June race at Nashville Superspeedway last season, shared his thoughts entering the weekend.

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A LOT OF TRACKS HAVE THEIR OWN UNIQUE PERSONALITIES. WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT THIS RACE TRACK? "Well, the thing about Nashville Superspeedway is that it's in Nashville, which is such a fun town. The fans are always really excited here, but the surface of the track is a lot like Dover. It's not quite as straightforward as Dover because of the tri-oval, where each end is a little different. I've had races here where we've run really well, and I've had races where we've been just awful. I think we fought with some guys for 20th or 25th in the truck series one race here, and you just have to have everything perfect. It's really a track where I think you lean on the guys a lot, and if you've got a great race car you look like a hero here, and if you don't it's a rough day."

IS THAT ATTRIBUTED MAINLY TO THE RACING SURFACE? "Right. The surface is so smooth and so perfect, and the turns, the radii of the corners stay the same the whole way around, so you just glue the thing to the bottom and you've got to be able to put the throttle down. If your car is a little bit off and somebody is better than you, they're going to beat you. It's a really precise race track."

SOME DRIVERS COMPARE RACING HERE TO RACING AT A SHORT TRACK, YET THE TRACK MEASURES 1.33 MILES. WHY DO THEY SAY THAT, AND DO YOU AGREE? "I think that the reason it feels a little shorter than a mile and a third is because it does get kinda slick. You can pass here a little bit more because the differences between the good cars and the bad cars are usually pretty far apart. If a guy's out there and he's struggling, you can't really make up for it here. It's such a slick, on-or-off surface that you end up getting your nose under people pretty easily if they're struggling, and so it enables you to do a little more passing. I know Clint (Bowyer) and I had a great race here the last time we were here. We passed each other back and forth, and I think that's because, like we said, if you slip up a little, the surface has so much grip that you take off and you slide up and the guy gets by you."

HOW IS THE WEATHER GOING TO AFFECT THE TRACK CONDITIONS? "The weather will kind of accentuate everything because the Goodyear is going to have so much grip and the cars are going to be running really well. It's going to make, I think, the difference between the real good cars and the bad ones farther apart. There are going to be guys who are just screaming fast. I'm really hoping that we're one of them, but you don't know until you get in. I thought I forgot how to drive the second time that I came here. I won the first race in the trucks when we came, and the second time I thought, 'I must not be as good as I used to be because no matter what I do, I can't go.' So, it's tough."

IS THIS A RELAXING WEEKEND FOR YOU JUST FOCUSING ON ONE CAR FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND? "Nextel Cup is blast because the feeling of accomplishment is so huge when you do well there. It's the pinnacle of the sport and it is fun to race in other series, no matter if it's the Busch or whatever. To have a weekend where you just go racing is something different. (Ken) Schrader is out racing dirt cars this weekend. It's just a little different. I was just over at my motorhome goofing around, and I don't have the weight or the pressure that you have at most places, but you also don't get the reward. So, it's a trade-off. I love racing Nextel Cup, but this is kind of a neat weekend."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Carl Edwards
Teams Roush Fenway Racing